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Could An Offensive Line Shuffle Be Coming?

Jones, Fluker earn praise after Monday

NFL: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Olivier Vernon had a nice game on Monday.
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In all of the hysteria on Tuesday over the Odell Beckham Jr. injury, were aspects of Monday’s New York Giants preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns that we didn’t get to discuss. Let’s turn to Pro Football Focus and some snap count data to see what we can learn.

Offensive Line Shuffle Coming?

Backup center/guard Brett Jones had the highest grade (84.9) among Giants’ offensive linemen. He also did this:

After the game, coach Ben McAdoo said that both Jones and D.J. Fluker had played well and that the Giants’ coaching staff would “talk through” offensive line options.

“I think they both had solid outings. They both got better, they both improved,” McAdoo said of Jones and Fluker. “Brett is a tremendous communicator out there, he’s a physical player and he had a nice night. Fluker’s a guy that, he’s learning. He’s playing a couple different spots. He’s learning the offense still, he’s working hard through it, he’s a physical football player and when he gets his hands on somebody, he’s a physical man.”

Ereck Flowers Update

PFF’s Giants correspondent, Ryan Smith, credited Flowers with one quarterback hurry and said he was beaten twice when it didn’t impact the play in 18 pass-blocking snaps. I’m not sure how “beaten when it didn’t impact the play” is an OK thing, but whatever. Here is the one snap on which Flowers was clearly beaten:

Our own Chris Pflum did the math on Flowers’ two games. Chris has him for three losses in 46 total snaps, and had this to say:

“That's 94 percent PBE (pass blocking efficiency), and probably comfortably in the range of what most people said they'd "take" from him.”

Other Notable Stuff

Olivier Vernon (86.3) has PFF’s highest grade for the Giants, and did this:

Personnel breakdown:

Rookie defensive end Avery Moss made himself noticed:

Not a good snap for Adam Bisnowaty:

How the Giants used Evan Engram: