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If the Giants are hoping to make a run while their quarterback is in his prime, they must address the offensive line with veterans and use the draft to develop youth so that they never find themselves short-staffed again.
Signing a free-agent guard such as the Kansas City Chiefs’ Jon Asamoah, who will turn 26 on his next birthday, would be a good start.
Michael Renner notes that Asamoah, a Pro Football Focus “Secret Superstar” from 2012, has yet to put together a complete season in terms of maintaining a high level in both pass blocking and run blocking:
If you were to take Asomoah’s 2011 pass-blocking grade and combine it with his 2012 run-blocking grade, he would have been the fifth-highest graded guard last season. The fact that he’s shown prowess in both the pass and run blocking disciplines is very promising.
There are a few concerns though with making this transaction. First, Asamoah ended up losing his starting job to teammate Geoff Schwartz, who is also an unrestricted free agent. Players who are on the upswing usually don’t see their snaps decline.
Second, there is the elephant in the room, longtime starting right guard Chris Snee. Snee said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio last week that he feels good and is still working to rehab his elbow.
However, as I have noted in the past, there is a big difference between feeling good in terms of doing everyday activities and feeling good to do football activities, the latter of which Snee has yet to test himself out doing.
If Snee ends up making it back and if the Giants were to sign Asamoah, who’s primarily played right guard most of his career, which one do they move to the left side? And how will that player deal with such a transition?
If things were a lot simpler and Snee were not coming back, Asamoah would probably be a no-brainer. That could still be the case, but it’s something that the organization will need to weigh in making a final decision.
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