[UPDATE 5:15 p.m.] — The Giants have made the additions of center Matt Skura and tight end Chris Myarick to the practice squad official.
The New York Giants are bringing yet another veteran offensive lineman into the fold. Per ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, the Giants are expected to sign veteran center Matt Skura to their practice squad.
The 28-year-old Skura signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Duke in 2016. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad, but has been a starter for the past four seasons.
Skura started at right guard for Baltimore in 2017, then at center in 2018, 2019. and 2020 He signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins for this season, but was recently released.
Matt Skura played well this preseason, his 84.0 pass-block grade ranked 5th among centers.— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) September 2, 2021
His best season came in 2019 with a 68.7 overall grade.
The Giants have been re-making the depth on their offensive line. This week they have traded for center/guard Billy Price and guard Ben Bredeson.
One thing they have NOT done is added tackle depth. They are sticking, for now, with Andrew Thomas at left tackle and a combination of Nate Solder and Matt Peart at right tackle, with Jackson Barton on the practice squad.
One has to wonder, though, what the plan might be fore Nick Gates as the Giants continue stockpiling experienced centers.
Yours truly has long been against the idea of moving Gates out of the center position. He handles that job quite well, and center with Gates holding it down is not part of the problem on the Giants’ offensive line.
Still, Gates has the ability to be a starting guard or right tackle. Neither Peart nor Solder has been able to nail down the right tackle job, and will likely begin the season in some type of rotation.
Could the Giants be setting up a situation where, should they become comfortable with either Skura or Price at center, they slide Gates out to right tackle?
Food for thought.