Sam SpiegelmanIn Rotoworld’s rankings of the NFL’s top offensive lines, the New York Giants’ revamped unit took the fourth spot.
Last year, the Giants’ offensive line ranked fourth and second in terms of run blocking rankings, according to Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders, respectively. Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 18th in pass blocking, but Football Outsiders had the Giants pegged as the third-best in the league.
The Giants return five members of last year’s offensive line, including left tackle Will Beatty, who signed a long-term deal to continue protecting Eli Manning’s blindside this off-season.
The team drafted Justin Pugh, who is currently taking snaps as the right tackle, but has the ability to line up at all five positions along the line.
Returning at their positions last season are center David Bass, left guard Kevin Boothe and right guard Chris Snee, with both James Brewer and David Diehl as the top backups.
Via Rotoworld writer Evan Silva, the Giants’ offensive line is both talented and deep. After allowing a league-low 20 sacks in 2012, the unit looks even more promising in 2013 and beyond.
“The names aren’t flashy, but this quietly was about as good an offensive line as there was in the league last season, and doesn’t lose a single starter. As a team, the G-Men ranked seventh in in yards-per-carry average (4.55) despite several running back injuries, and allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (20). Most critically, Beatty unseated Diehl on the blindside and emerged as an elite pass-blocking left tackle.
“Another consideration for Super Sub was guard Kevin Boothe, a returning starter who — like Diehl — I project to come off the bench, providing quality veteran depth. The assumptions here are mauling 2011 fourth-rounder Brewer beats out Diehl and 2013 first-rounder Pugh takes over at left guard, where he compares favorably to Andy Levitre. OT Brandon Mosley, 24, and OG Eric Herman, 23, are young reserve options with upside.”
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