OFFENSIVE LINE STRUGGLES HAMPER THE NY GIANTS AGAIN

The saga of the neverending offensive rotation has been in full swing this year. All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas was injured at the start of the year, and starting left guard Ben Bredeson was sidelined with nagging injuries. They are the only two linemen who have posted a 50.0-plus passing grade this year.

Starting right tackle Evan Neal, 2022 seventh overall pick, has continued to struggle mightily in his second year. He has shown no improvement from his rookie year.

Shane Lemieux, a 2021 second-round pick, got a start over Mike Glowinski, who was in for the injured Bredeson. Lemeuix posted an unfathomable pass-blocking grade of 3.8. No one could have imagined someone could have played worse than Glowinski, who was just terrible.

Looking for a silver lining, rookie center John Michael Schmitz has been inconsistent but shows promise. With guard Marcus Mckethan and tackle making their first NFL start against San Fransisco, the Giants have used too many line combinations to remain consistent.

Quarterback Daniel Jones has taken heavy fire from fans this year, but it takes work to make plays when you have 2.7 seconds to throw the ball. Jones has felt pressure on 46.7% of his dropbacks and has been pressured 27 times in under two seconds.

Pos Player PFF Pass-blocking grade Graderank
LT Joshua Ezeudu 43.4 67 of 73
LG Shane Lemieux 3.8 75 of 75
C John Michael Schmitz Jr. 39.0 31 of 37
RG Marcus McKethan 22.6 70 of 75
RT Evan Neal 36.9 71 of 73
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Those are not good numbers, no matter how you look at it. One thing is sure: for the Giants to compete, the offensive line needs to be better.