This won’t come as a shock to anyone, but Pro Football Focus doesn’t seem to think a whole of the New York Giants offensive line, ranking that group 20th among the league’s 32 teams.
It also shouldn’t come as any surprise that PFF sees the problem as the tackle spots. PFF’s Nathan Jahnke writes:
The Giants are this high on the list due to some great play from their interior linemen. Justin Pugh’s move from right tackle to left guard was a major success, as was Weston Richburg moving from left tackle to center. While John Jerry doesn’t do much in terms of helping the run game, he has been relatively good in pass protection and didn’t allow a sack or hit when he rejoined the starting lineup in Week 10. If Ereck Flowers can have a sophomore season similar to Jake Matthews’ campaign, the Giants’ line will be in fine shape outside of right tackle. If his sophomore season is more like Greg Robinson’s, though, New York is in trouble.
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This, of course, doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. The Giants are fine on the inside with center Weston Richburg and guards Justin Pugh and John Jerry. Yes, I did say they are fine with Jerry. He’s a good enough pass blocker, though historically a poor run blocker. I’m anxious to see what an offseason spent working at OLine Performance Center has done for his game.
The development of Flowers, a league-high 69 pressures allowed last season, will be a key. And, of course, if they can find a way to upgrade from Marshall Newhouse at right tackle that would be a good idea.
We know the Giants could have options. Eugene Monroe remains a free agent. Anthony Davis remains retired. The Minnesota Vikings have a glut of tackles, so they are a team to watch in preseason. We just have to wait and see how it plays out.