Player Profile: Kareem McKenzie

Heading into the 2010 season, the Giants’ had some serious questions regarding they’re offensive line. Of those questions, one question was if Kareem Mckenzie was worth giving his $4.25 million dollar roster bonus spot, too.  In an un-capped year, the Giants could have shed that money and look to spend it elsewhere, or save an ample amount of money. However, they felt McKenzie should be given another shot to pick up his play and improve on what was a disappointing 09′ campaign. McKenzie played tremendously, and at times, he was the Giants’ most consistent linemen. According to some analyst’s, McKenzie earned they’re all-pro honors, as the Giants averaged a whopping FIVE (5) YARDS PER CARRY to the right side of the offensive line. McKenzie’s play was great. McKenzie helped anchor a Giants’ line that ranked second in sacks allowed with just 16. The Giant had a lot of injuries to their line this season. The one constant. Kareem McKenzie. He never missed a game. While he was benched once for two terrible personal foul penalties, other than that, he was terrific. When the Giants’ were missing both they’re starting LT and LG, the Giants’ ran 14 of there first 15 runs against the Eagles to the right side. Showing the lack of confidence in that left side, but also the extreme confidence in the right side.

What does McKenzie need to improve on?

There isn’t really much the ten year veteran needs to improve on. To be honest with you all, McKenzie had his best year since 2005, when he helped Tiki Barber rush for over 1,400 yards. If there’s anything I can say McKenzie needs to improve on, it would be his cool. McKenzie racked in two huge 15 yard personal foul penalty that all but sealed the Giants’ chances of coming back against the Titans. However, McKenzie bounced back the next game and played well. There really isn’t much he needs to improve on.

The Giants, who were led by Kareem McKenzie on the right side of the line, averaged 5 yards per carry to the right side this season.

Kareem McKenzie’s 2011 Outlook:

At this point, there is almost no question Kareem McKenzie will back next season. McKenzie played at pro-bowl level and helped anchor a very, very banged Giants offensive line in 2010. While the Giants’ have a future starting tackle in William Beatty, they still think he’s better suited to be they’re LT of the future. Unlike last season, there is no speculation regarding if McKenzie will be back next season. If football is to be played in 2011, Kareem McKenzie will be playing it anchoring the Giants’ right side of the line, again. McKenzie will be in the final year of his contract. He’s set to make $4.3 million dollars. While he will 100% be back next season, beyond that, is a mystery. If he plays like he did this season, he’ll earn another large contract once again.

Previous Player Profiles:

Derek Hagan

Kareem McKenzie

List/Player Profiles To Come (REQUEST AWAY!!):

Travis Beckum

David Diehl

Chad Jones

Antrel Rolle

Clint Sintim

William Beatty

Picks 2-6 in last year’s draft (draft recap)

Victor Cruz

Jon Goff

Brandon Jacobs

Chase Blackburn

Matt Dodge

Michael Boley

D.J. Ware

Ryan Perrilloux

Ramses Barden

Shawn Andrews


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3 Responses to “Player Profile: Kareem McKenzie”

  1. justin says:

    michel boley,danny ware,ryan perrilloux,ramses barden,

  2. Adam Y says:

    yeah id like to hear about Ramses Barden too

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