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Giants roster preview: Could Byron Stingily be the swing tackle?

Former Tennessee draft choice has more experience than anyone else competing to be a reserve tackle.

Byron Stingily
Byron Stingily
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

What is that, you say? The New York Giants have completely ignored trying to upgrade their offensive tackle position this offseason? Well, no they really haven't. Byron Stingily is the living, breathing proof that the Giants have at least done something to try and upgrade their tackle depth.

The Giants signed the 27-year-old Stingily, formerly with the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, in April as a free agent. A sixth-round pick by the Titans in 2011, Stingily has played in 20 NFL games with nine starts. Let's learn a little more about him as we continue our series of player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

2015 Season in Review

Stingily began the year by signing a two-year, $2.15 million contract to remain in Tennessee. The Titans official web site called him "a valuable member of the team, capable of playing on the left and right sides of the line." Then, at the end of the preseason, Tennessee cut Stingily. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in October, but never appeared in a game. Our friends at SB Nation's Behind The Steel Curtain said it was "hardly devastating" for the Steelers to lose Stingily.

2016 Season Outlook

If Marshall Newhouse is going to be the starting right tackle, and we have to believe that will be the case until the Giants make a roster move to change that, it would follow that Stingily would be first in line with a chance to win the swing tackle job. He has more experience than Bobby Hart, Emmett Cleary, Jake Rodgers or any other swing tackle candidate on the roster.

Problem is, we never saw Stingily on the field in the spring. He sat out OTAs and minicamp with an undisclosed injury. I only remember spotting him once during the spring practices media had access to, and he was running/jogging off to the side by himself.

Provided he is healthy, you have to think Stingily still has a chance to make the 53-man roster. Hart is really a right-side only player, and Stingily's experience should be appealing.

We know, though, that the Giants have continued to cast about for help on the offensive line. So, let's take nothing for granted.