Let's continue our look at the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp next month by discussing starting left guard Kevin Boothe.
2012 Season In Review
Long considered a journeyman, backup-type lineman Boothe took over as the starting left guard in 2012 and performed better than expected. First of all, he started 16 games for the first time in his seven-year career. Pro Football Focus gave him a +9.2 grade, 20th among 81 guards who played at least 25 percent of their team's offensive snaps. Boothe was a consistent, quality performer.
Boothe, 29, tested the free-agent market but ultimately returned to the Giants on a one-year contract. He will, undoubtedly, be the starting left guard once again. He also has value as he is currently the team's backup center. After what we saw in 2012, and motivated by needing to play well to ensure someone gives him a job in 2013, there is little reason to expect Boothe won't have another solid season. The question for Boothe is really whether he has a future beyond 2013 with the Giants. with young players like Justin Pugh, James Brewer, Brandon Mosley and Eric Herman around he might not.