Let's move to the second position on our Big Blue View preseason All-NFC East Team. Today, we look at offensive guard. To make this a little easier, rather than having separate votes for left and right guard let's select the two best players. The two top vote-getters will be the choices.
Your candidates are as follows:
Chris Snee, Giants -- Snee did not have his best season in 2011-2012, and we found out once the year was over that he played through an elbow injury. Snee, commonly thought of as the Giants' best lineman, had a Pro Football Focus grade of only -12.1 last season. In 2008 Snee was +30.6 and in 2009 he was +26.2. The Giants are hoping he will be healthy in 2012 and will play closer to that form.
Evan Mathis, Eagles -- Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the best guard in the NFL in 2011, giving him a rating of +34.6. Mathis is a nine-year veteran who previously played with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
Nate Livings, Cowboys -- Dallas is a mess at this time on the interior of their offensive line, as evidenced by this post at Blogging The Boys. I really didn't know who to nominate. Livings is a four-year veteran signed as a free agent. He started every game the past two season for the Cincinnati Bengals. That, other than his -10.5 PFF grade, is all I know about the guy.
Chris Chester, Redskins -- Chester was a full-time starter on a Washington line that was in flux last season. His PFF grade, however, was a disapppointing -17.2.