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Pro Football Focus takes stock of Giants’ offensive line rebuild

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Will revamped line be good enough to propel Giants’ offense?

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Can the New York Giants play good offensive football in 2019 with an aging quarterback and the guy who used to be their best wide receiver now wearing a different uniform? Much of that will be determined by the success or failure of version 2.0 of GM Dave Gettleman’s offensive line reconstruction.

Pro Football Focus took a “deep dive” into the rebuilt offensive line.

PFF, as does virtually everyone else, believes that the addition of guard Kevin Zeitler will provide a huge boost to the line. PFF writes:

Much like [Nate] Solder, Zeitler has been a model of consistency since entering the league. He has placed among the top-20 guards for five consecutive seasons and ranked sixth at the position in 2018 with a 74.5 overall grade.

The former first-round pick out of Wisconsin also posted the highest pass-blocking grade (91.7) among guards last season, and his best quality may be his durability. Zeitler has not missed a start since 2014 and has never logged fewer than 800 snaps in a single season.

PFF said Solder “brought consistency,” guard Will Hernandez had “elite pass-blocking potential,” agreed that Mike Remmers has been better at right tackle that at guard throughout his career and that center Jon Halapio “showed promise in pass protection” before last year’s seaso-ending injury.

Interestingly, PFF is high on undrafted free agent center James O’Hagan, pointing out that the Buffalo product was their highest-graded draftable center in 2018.

Sounding a bit like a certain Big Blue View writer, PFF said “Only time will tell if Gettleman’s offensive line investments will work out.”

PFF seems to believe that the Giants are on the right path, “though depth remains a concern.”