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Position Breakdown: Offensive Line

Today, we breakdown the offensive line. Remember to check out our other Position Breakdowns here. This is a group lauded for its consistency, and strong play. I think we’ll see more of that this year:

David Diehl: There has been a lot of talk of him moving inside to guard, and while I don’t doubt that that may be where he ends up, he is still a very good left tackle. Not the ┬ánimblest of guys, but he’s quick enough to handle speed rushers. He’s a model of consistency, and unless Will Beatty (more on him later) is the left tackle of the future, expect Diehl to remain there for a long time.

Kareem McKenzie: He’s been solid as can be manning the right side. Back problems have to be a concern. But, as with all the guys on the line, he’s consistent and gets the job done. McKenzie has been a big part of the success of the running game.

Guy Whimper: Whimper was supposed to be the left tackle of the future, after being drafted in the 4th round in 2006, but it never worked out that way. He rarely sees playing time, and is not the first backup off the bench. This could be Whimper’s last chance.

Adam Koets: Part of the famed 2007 draft class, although he was the least successful member. Koets, drafted as a tackle, has to show he’s capable of playing multiple spots on the line. If not, his fate could be similar to Whimper’s.

Will Beatty: Drafted this year as the “Left Tackle of the Future” Beatty doesn’t figure to have that much playing time this year. Beatty is athletic and quick. He helped paved the way for the successful UCONN running game. He definitely ┬áhas potential. The Giants can afford to be patient.

Chris Snee: Probably the best member of the offensive line, Snee is a star. Quickly becoming one of the best guards in the league, Snee is big, strong, and agile–a perfect combination for a great guard. Snee will be on this team for a long time. He’s a special player.

Rich Seubert: With the talk of Diehl moving to guard, Seubert would be the guy left out. I think that’s wrong. Seubert has been solid in his Giants career, and has shown resiliency coming back from a devastating leg injury ( I was at that game, it wasn’t pretty). I think Seubert has proven his worth enough to not be benched in favor of Diehl.

Tutan Reyes: Signed this offseason for depth purposes. Besides having one of the coolest names in football, Reyes is versatile, and can play multiple positions. That usually leads to a roster spot.

Kevin Boothe: Boothe was kind of the de facto backup last year, playing tackle and guard, and saw time in short yardage situations. He will probably have to fight with Reyes for a roster spot. I like Reyes’s chances for a spot, due to experience and versatility. Boothe might have to compete with Koets and Whimper for the backup tackle spot.

Shaun O’Hara: O’Hara is quite underrated. The center is one of the hardest positions on the field, and O’Hara has mastered this. He was selected to the Pro Bowl a year ago. While not the most talented on the line, he is the leader of the line, making all the blocking calls at the line of scrimmage.

The only problem with the offensive line is depth. There’s not true backup center, and unless Tutan Reyes or Adam Koets can step up at center, where they are not that experienced, the Giants might have to sign a free agent. But the starting five is one of, if not, the best in the league, and will be leading the Giants potent running game this year. Next up: Justin Tuck and the defensive line.

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2 Responses to “Position Breakdown: Offensive Line”

  1. I disagree with your assessment on David Diehl, buddy.

    I like David Diehl, but I do not think he is a “very good” LT and find him pedestrian vs Speedy Pass rushers.

    I think he’s a very good to excellent run blocker.

    I also think that Subert is very underrated.

    I’m hoping Beatty becomes the LT of the future ( I like him a lot) and hope that Suebert stays where he’s at and the Giants explore movign Diehl to RT to take over for the aging and ailing Mckenzie for the forseeable future.

    Good work!

  2. buljos says:

    David Diehl is one of my favorite Giants. He’s tough as nails… when was the last game he missed due to injury over how many years?… doesn’t know what it means to quit, is one heck of a run blocker, and the epitome of versatility. If he had just a tad more athleticism and quickness he’d be one of the top 5 right tackles in the league. As it is, all things considered, his toughness, determination, versatility, and knowledge of the game make DD one of the most valuable offensive lineman in the league. Alas, much to my chagrin he’s not quick enough in pass protection to consistently handle the best speed rushers… although he did show improvement last season. For a while there in 2007 I thought he was going to get Eli killed… he tied for the league’s worst with 11 sacks allowed, but only allowed 5 in 2008 (slightly above average for a LT). Still, I wouldn’t trade him for a quicker LT who’s better in pass protection but more likely to be injured (and just about any other LT is more likely to be sidelined than David Diehl), or who gives up something in road grading for Brandon Jacobs.

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