The question keeps being asked — with the regular season closing in is there anywhere the New York Giants can turn to find upgrades for their offensive line? The answer is that right now there are very few viable options available.
The Patriots Wednesday released former starting center Bryan Stork. Is the 25-year-old two-year veteran an option for the Giants? Stork has played 21 games, starting 17. Sixteen of those 17 starts have been at center, with one at right tackle. That, incidentally, was last season against the Giants. Our friends at SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit say he has versatility, but one start at right tackle in two seasons doesn’t make him a guy you want to rely on there. The Giants don’t need a center.
There is a constant drumbeat from a small number of Giants’ fans for the team to bring back former starting left tackle Will Beatty. I have made this point repeatedly, and have to make it again. The bridge between Beatty and the Giants has been burned. They parted ways because the relationship between the two sides had run its course and it was time for both sides to move on. If that bridge was going to be repaired, it would have happened by now.
Jake Long is also still out there. Again, though, he is still available for a reason and the Giants have had a number of opportunities to bring him in. If they were convinced he was better than what they have they would have brought him in long ago.
Most likely, the Giants will have to wait until teams begin trimming their rosters to see if any offensive line help becomes available. Rosters must be trimmed 90 players to 75 by Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. ET. Rosters must be trimmed to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sept. 3.
Watch the waiver wire. You can be pretty sure the Giants will be.