Shortly after drafting offensive lineman Ereck Flowers in the first round last year, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese expressed hope that the final piece of what had been a multiyear puzzle for the offensive line was finally in place.
As would be the case often enough with the Giants, that plan never did come to fruition, and the offensive line, perhaps one of the most important units on a football team, still remains a work in progress to this day.
To quickly recap what happened since then, Flowers was initially drafted to play right tackle. When left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the offseason, the Giants were forced to move the rookie to left tackle, where he had some struggles cutting his teeth.
Meanwhile, at right tackle, Marshall Newhouse, who the team had signed on the cheap for depth, was thrust into a starting role.
Also on that right side, Geoff Schwartz, finally back at right guard—a position where he had one of his best career years in 2013 with the Kansas City Chiefs, per Pro Football Focus—struggled with some leftover issues relating to his broken ankle the year before, until a broken leg in Week 12 finally ended his season.
Fast-forward to the present. Both Beatty and Schwartz were part of a salary-cap purge made by the Giants on Wednesday, a purge that also saw linebacker Jon Beason retire, as expected.
Focusing on the offensive line, where do the Giants go from here?
Let’s break it all down.