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Giants Trade Rumors: NY Still Seeking Offensive Line Help After Billy Price Deal

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2021

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 06: A general view of helmets worn by the New York Giants against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on December 06, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants are reportedly "actively scouring" for further upgrades to their offensive line after acquiring center Billy Price from the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported the Giants have been contact with "several teams" about linemen who could be available for trade, but one NFL executive predicted they won't have much success, even with final roster cuts set for Tuesday.

"Everybody seems to have a depth problem on the line," the personnel exec told Vacchiano. "If a guy has any ability, he's not getting cut. And if someone decent does end up on the wire, half the league will put in a claim."

New York allowed 50 sacks in 2020, the league's second-highest total, and Pro Football Focus ranked the team's offensive line last in the NFL heading into the 2021 season before the Price trade.

Price can help provide some depth with the ability to play center or guard, but he's not a game-changing addition for the Giants after an up-and-down tenure with the Bengals. The 2018 first-round pick out of Ohio State made just one start for Cincy last year.

While the G-Men would likely prefer to add a more impactful lineman, it's unlikely a true starter-level talent becomes available after final cuts.

"But there's no chance of that," an NFL source told Vacchiano. "No chance at all."

So the Giants will likely be restricted to more depth additions in the coming days.

New York's fortunes up front also lean heavily on the development of left tackle Andrew Thomas, the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft, after a mediocre rookie season.

"I think I made improvements [this offseason], but there are a lot of things I still need to work on," Thomas told reporters after a lackluster showing Sunday in the team's preseason finale against the New England Patriots. "I'm trying to fix those things."

Thomas is joined by guards Shane Lemieux and Will Hernandez, center Nick Gates and either Nate Solder or Matt Peart at right tackle as the projected offensive line starters.

The group will need to exceed expectations if the Giants offense, which otherwise features plenty of talent, is going to take off. Quarterback Daniel Jones is surrounded by running back Saquon Barkley, wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and tight end Evan Engram.

New York opens the regular season Sept. 12 when it hosts the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.