Cameron Fleming isn’t a star. His offseason signing, though, does give the New York Giants something they have not had for a while — a capable veteran swing tackle.
Let’s take a closer look at Fleming.
Age: 28 when season starts
Contract: One-year, $3.5 million ($2 million guaranteed) | UFA: 2021
How he got here
Fleming seemed like a natural target for the Giants as they tried to upgrade their offensive line. He spent four seasons with the New England Patriots, thus had familiarity with head coach Joe Judge. He spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, thus had played for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Marc Colombo.
Fleming has played in 75 NFL games with 26 starts.
With Nate Solder and his big paycheck at one tackle and fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas at the other, Fleming is likely to fill the role of swing tackle he has been in for most of his career.
For the Giants, that is a good thing. They haven’t had a veteran swing tackle since Marshall Newhouse played for them in 2015 and 2016. The debacle of an unprepared Eric Smith giving up three sacks when he had to step in last season during a game against the New York Jets showed the value of having capable, experienced reserves who can step in when needed and play adequately.
Fleming surrendered 3.5 sacks and committed five penalties while playing 491 snaps for Dallas the past two seasons.
Fleming may not be a player you want as an anchor to your offensive line, but the Giants should certainly feel confident that if they need him for short periods of time he can do the job.