Giants Sign Tackle Shane Olivea

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst IJuly 11, 2008

Recently, I called for the Giants to add depth on the Offensive Line.  And they did, adding former Charger OT Shane Olivea.

Olivea played his high school football in Lawrence, NY (roughly 20 miles east or so outside of New York City), so he is familiar with the New York metropolitan area.  He played his college ball at THE Ohio State University where he won a BCS title as a starting Tackle.  Therefore, he has experience in a big time program.

Shane has already been a starter in this league for a playoff team as a member of the Chargers.  His acquisition should add depth to a highly productive unit that helped New York win its third Super Bowl in twenty-one years. Olivea will back both Giants' starting tackles, David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie. The signing will allow the Giants takes pressure off of lone back-up Guy Wimper. 

The only problem with the Olivea signing is his backgound of substance abuse. These difficulties led to his release by the Chargers in February. General Manager Jerry Reese believes that the Giants locker room, ripe with steady veteran leadership, will help Olivea stay out of trouble and focused on the football field.

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