Mainstays Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert are now gone, unfortunate cap casualties. Former second-round pick Will Beatty slots in to play left tackle, though the Giants internally worry whether he has the intensity to hold the position after six lackluster NFL starts.
David Diehl, who last year beat out Beatty at LT, moves in to play left guard (which, by the way, costs him $750,000). Newly signed G/C David Baas will slot in at center, replacing O‘Hara. Baas is a converted guard who started all 16 games last year at center and drew solid reviews.
Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie return to anchor the right side of the line, so at least Eli has that to be thankful for.
(Late Wednesday the Giants added Stacy Andrews, younger brother of Shawn Andrews, to provide depth. He started 12 games last year for Seattle at right guard. He’s not expected to compete at left tackle, especially since he never played the position.)
All in all, this line will have to gel and gel quick. The Giants, as recently as three seasons ago, had what was considered the best offensive line in the sport, but age, health and finance has forced them to rebuild on the fly.
This could be a bumpy ride.