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Giants offensive line: What does it look like right now?

Let's assess.

After the New York Giants cut veteran tackle Will Beatty and veteran guard Geoff Schwartz on Wednesday it is a pretty safe bet that the team will look to supplement their offensive line via either free agency or the draft, perhaps both. Let's look at the offensive line as it is currently constructed.

LT Ereck Flowers

If there was any doubt that the Giants are committed to Flowers, the 2015 first-round pick, as their left tackle that should be erased by the departure of Beatty. Flowers has the size, athleticism, demeanor and desire to be a great player. Now, if his footwork and hand work can just catch up.

LG Justin Pugh 

Pugh bills himself as the next generation version of David Diehl, a guy who can plug in anywhere along the line. He played left guard and both tackle spots last season. Ideally, the Giants will plug in at left guard in 2016 and be able to leave him there.

C Weston Richburg

Emerged as one of the best centers in the league in 2015. Should be a mainstay of the offensive line for years to come.

RG John Jerry

It seems like the Giants never really intended for Jerry to be a starter when they signed him as a Free Agent in 2014, but that is what he has been for the most part. He started all 16 games in 2014 and eight of the 16 game sin 2015. He remains under contract for the 2016 season, and simply based on those 24 starts, and the 69 starts he has made in 89 career games, as of today he would have to be considered the starter. Could that change? Without a doubt. We know what Jerry is -- a good pass blocker, but an atrocious run blocker. Per Spotrac the Giants would save $1.5 million against the salary cap by cutting the six-year veteran.

RT Marshall Newhouse

I know, I know, I know. The thought of Newhouse starting another season as the team's right tackle turns your stomach. He was the starter last season, however, and is still under contract. Thus, for now, we have to consider him the incumbent starter. Newhouse is in the final year of a two-year, $3 million contract. The Giants would save $1.3 million against the cap by cutting him.

Reserves

Bobby Hart -- The 2015 seventh-round pick is currently the young guy everyone wants to see get a shot to crack the lineup, quite possibly as the replacement for either Jerry or Newhouse and that could happen. Letting Schwartz and Beatty go could be an indication the Giants believe Hart can be a full-time player. Is he a guard or a tackle? The Giants drafted him to play guard, and while did play some at tackle in 2015 his long-term future is probably inside at guard.

Brett Jones -- Signed a year ago after having been named the best offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League, Jones spent the season on Injured Reserve after suffering a knee injury late in the preseason. He is a center by trade but worked a bit at guard last preseason. If he can handle both spots he could perhaps fill the role Dallas Reynolds has had the past few seasons.

Emmett Cleary -- The reserve offensive tackle is an Exclusive Right Free Agent. He spent most of last season on the practice squad.

Free Agents

Reynolds, a center/guard, has been a reserve for the past three seasons. He is an unrestricted free agent. Guard Adam Gettis was with the Giants in training camp, got cut, landed on the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders and returned to the Giants late in the season. He is a restricted free agent.



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