This past offseason, one of the top “to-do” items on general manager Jerry Reese’s list was to address the offensive line.
Reese did just that, adding guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton, both of whom are penciled in to start this year.
Reese also signed some veteran depth in Charles Brown and John Jerry, both of whom can play guard or tackle, and he drafted Weston Richburg, the team’s future at center, in the second round this year.
Despite all of these moves, the identity of the Giants’ starting offensive line is no closer to being resolved than it was at the start of the 2014 free-agency period.
The reason for this is twofold. One, right guard Chris Snee, who is hoping to return after missing most of last season following surgeries on both hips and his elbow, appeared to have a setback in the spring with his elbow that could prevent him from achieving that goal.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Snee is scheduled to meet with the Giants' front office on Monday regarding his future, a future that, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, could include retirement.
The other concern on the offensive line is left tackle Will Beatty, who missed the entire spring while recovering from a broken leg suffered in the regular-season finale last year.
Beatty, who last spoke to reporters in late April, is believed to be on track for the start of training camp, but when head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Beatty’s status at the end of last month’s mandatory minicamp, he didn’t sound so certain.
“He seems like he’s making progress,” Coughlin told reporters.
When pressed further as to whether Beatty would be ready for the start of camp, Coughlin said, “That’s what we’re hoping for, yeah.”
Fortunately, the Giants have options if one or both of those players isn’t available.
At right guard, Brandon Mosley and John Jerry (assuming he’s recovered from his offseason knee scope) are projected to battle for that spot. Rookie Weston Richburg, who worked at both guard spots in the spring, is another option.
At left tackle, Charles Brown, who took the majority of the snaps there during the spring, appears to be the first option.
The team could also look to pick up a veteran off the waiver wire as training camp cuts are made if none of those options offers peace of mind.