As good as the New York Giants’ offseason was, the one move the team probably wished they could have avoided was parting ways with offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.
With the Giants right on the cusp of turning the corner, many are concerned over the team’s offensive line. However, general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge have both made it clear: they believe in the current unit despite what the fans and pundits say.
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ESPN recently projected and ranked the best and worst offensive lines in the league according to pass block win rates… and it’s not what Giants fans want to hear. They were ranked dead last.
32. New York Giants
Projected PBWR: 52%
Projected offensive line: Andrew Thomas (56th), Shane Lemieux (69th), Nick Gates (34th), Will Hernandez (31st), Matt Peart (DNQ)
So much for general manager Dave Gettleman’s grand plan for the offensive line. The rookie Thomas performed well according to our run blocking metric, but he was a liability as a pass protector — though he did battle an ankle injury that required surgery after the season.
In what could be a make-or-break season for third-year quarterback Daniel Jones, Gettleman got him more receiving help, but Jones is going to be on the run behind this O-line.
The line is extremely youthful and has plenty of room for improvement. However, precious few can feel great or confident about going into such a dire season with this unit.
The Giants made it a point to give Daniel Jones plenty of weapons this offseason, but how valuable can they be if he’s constantly running for his life? That’s been the public cry — the very same one Gettleman and Judge continue to swat away.