Will-Hernandez

Evaluating the Giants Offensive Line

Coming into the 2018 season there was a voice of uncertainty when it came to predicting how the Giants offensive line would perform. Changes had occurred with the signing of Left Tackle Nate Solder, the drafting of Left Guard Will Hernandez and switching Ereck Flowers to Right Tackle. Yet, there were several more moves that occurred involving the offensive line and just like last postseason, the Giants brass needs to be evaluating the Giants Offensive line.

Solder and Hernandez are two of the planned solutions and building blocks for the Giants offensive line. Solder was given a 4 year 62 million dollar deal and in 2018 Solder started all 16 games and was ranked the 21st best tackle in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. While that is not a Pro Bowl or elite level Solder still was an upgrade at Left Tackle. Anticipate for 2019 and unless Big Blue finds a more suitable replacement Solder will be at tackle till 2021 as it is highly unlikely the Giants will sign another left tackle at another lucrative price tag.

Hernandez had a similar rank as Solder as Hernandez was the 21st ranked guard in the NFL according to PFF. The drafting of Hernandez was more cost effective than signing Guard Andrew Norwell who agreed to a 5 year 66 million dollar pact with the Jaguars and Norwell was only ranked one spot higher than Hernandez as Hernandez was cheaper, younger, and has more time to get better.

Outside of Hernandez and Solder, there is still more uncertainty on who will play center and right guard and right tackle for the Giants in 2019.  Center was a revolving door as Jon Halapio was placed on injured reserve will John Greco closed out the season at center. If Halapio is healthy it would make sense for Halapio to return to center and try to stabilize the position.  

The right side of the offensive line was restricted due to poor in-season performance as Ereck Flowers was removed from the Giants roster and replaced by Chad Wheeler with the claiming of Jamon Brown Big Blue closed out the season with Wheeler and Brown protecting the strong side of Eli Manning. The acquisition of Brown appears to be the keystone moment for Big Blue as the offensive found another gear and averaged 27.3 points per game. While the play improved Wheeler and Brown had low ratings on PFF as Brown was ranked as the 64 best guards and Wheeler the 80th best tackle.

While the G-Men improved on offense the offensive line still needs to be upgraded. The recommendation will be to add another tackle and guard on the right side. This could either occur via draft or free agency with a 2nd or 3rd round pick being spent on the offensive line while trying to fight the correct fit on the right side.

Tom McAlister

Tom McAlister

ProFootball Free Lance Author at SportsTalkLine.com
I have an extreme passion for sports as I have participated as a player, coach, and referee of many different sports. I have started to illustrate my love of athletics by becoming a sports writer. I founded my own blog dfends.com and I am a SportsTalkLine.com Free Lance writer covering the New York Giants.
Tom McAlister

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