Even though the New York Giants ended their season winning the ultimate prize they were not able to hide the fact that their offensive line needed a lot of work. Eli Manning was being sacked multiple times per game due to lack of protection. Manning’s tough, but even the toughest QB’s in the league can only take so many hits.
The Giants decided to let Kareem McKenzie go. As the right tackle was aging, it became more obvious he didn’t have the same reflexes to protect Manning. The Giants have not re-signed him and added Sean Locklear instead. Locklear is an eight year veteran and will provide a lot of depth in the tackle position.
In the fourth round of this year’s draft the Giants selected Brandon Mosley, the OT from Auburn. He recently signed a four-year deal with the team and is making an impression in OTA’s. We could be seeing him on the field next season and will play a solid backup role.
David Baas will still control the center position. The Giants were able to nab him last offseason with high hopes of having a big year, however injuries have prevented him from fulfilling expectations. Baas staying healthy can play a huge role in strengthening the offensive line.
And finally, David Diehl. Say what you will, but he has proven himself in all of his years with the Giants. He has played a role in every position except for center and has two Super Bowl rings. I see the Giants playing Diehl in the right tackle position. They need him to be a leader for the rest of the tackles to help build better protection for Manning.
The Giants are slowly rebuilding their offensive line. This is key if they want to repeat. Like I said earlier, Manning is a tough QB, but you can only take so many hits. As long as the tackles get better and Baas is healthy, they will have a strong o-line.