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Assessing the offensive line market with Giants looking for help

Right now, there aren’t a lot of great options

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Chance Warmack
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New York Giants coach Joe Judge was clear on Sunday that the rash of retirements and injuries along the team’s offensive line, especially with its depth players, has the team looking for help. Immediate help.

“On the offensive line, you’ve got to have a lot of bodies to operate, so in terms of bringing somebody in, there’s a good chance that we’re going to look to bring somebody in before going to Cleveland,” Judge said.

The Giants signed veteran journeyman Ted Larsen on Friday evening. He will help, but with several injuries to reserve players the Giants will be looking for more help. They could wait until teams release players on Tuesday, but while there aren’t a ton of appealing options now there are players available.

Let’s look at some of them.

Familiar faces

Spencer Pulley — The former Giants backup center was waived with an injury settlement by the Tennesee Titans last week. No word on what his injury is or whether he is capable of playing right now. If he is, Pulley is at least a plug and play option that helps the Giants practice.

D.J. Fluker — Fluker was waived with an injury settlement by the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, he had mensicus surgery and probably isn’t going to be healthy enough to play for a few more weeks.

Marshall Newhouse — Yes, we’re at that point. The journeyman Newhouse has been mostly a tackle, but has filled in at guard occasionally.

Other options

Chance Warmack — A 2013 first-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, the 29-year-old has not played since 2018 due to injuries and a COVID-19 opt-out. He was, though, at Alabama and has familiarity with Joe Judge and other Giants coaches.

Austin Reiter — The former Kansas City Chiefs center is probably the best and most expensive player left on the market. He is, though, likely looking for a starting job. I don’t believe the Giants have that to offer right now.

Joe Dahl — A free agent after spending five seasons with the Detroit Lions, Dahl might be a name to watch. Kyle O’Brien is now part of the Giants’ front office after being with the Lions for several years, so the Giants are well-positioned to have knowledge of what Dahl could offer them.

— Here is a full list of available offensive linemen.