Projected starters: LT Will Beatty, LG Kevin Boothe, C David Baas, RG Chris Snee, RT David Diehl.
Projected reserves: T/G Justin Pugh, T James Brewer, C Jim Cordle, G Eric Herman, G Brandon Mosley, T Matt McCants, T Selvish Capers, G Stephen Goodin, G Bryant Browning, G Chris DeGeare and G Michael Jasper.
Who’s in: T/G Justin Pugh, G Eric Herman, G Bryant Browning, G Chris DeGeare, G Michael Jasper.
Who’s out: T Sean Locklear.
The Good: After having their offensive line hit hard by injuries last season the Giants injected some much needed youth into the line with the first round selection of versatile rookie Justin Pugh. Pugh recently caught up with the Empire Writes Back to talk about his rookie year and first round of OTA’s, if you missed that piece you can check it out here. Giants GM Jerry Reese knew it was important to add depth to an offensive line that has its share of miles on it, which he accomplished by having several players in Diehl, Boothe, Pugh, Brewer and Cordle who can play multiple positions. This is very important for an O-Line that has multiple players returning from injury.
The Not so Good: There’s no other way to say it other than that this Giants offensive line is old. With Chris Snee and David Baas returning from off-season surgery the Giants hope that their veteran group can stay healthy enough to protect Eli Manning and open up some running lanes for second year running back David Wilson, and Andre Brown, who are both expected to see a lot more action this year with Ahmad Bradshaw out of the picture.
Player to watch: Justin Pugh. If Pugh plays weel enough during camp he will have the chance to unseat veteren David Diehl for the starting right tackle job. Diehl has a long history with the Giants and their coaching staff which makes you think he has to be the serious front runner for the position, but after being slowed by injuries over the last few seasons the door is certainly open for one of the Giants young players to take over the spot.