New York Giants: Who Replaces Sean Locklear?
The New York Giants have lost right tackle Sean Locklear for the season after he severely injured his knee on Monday night against the Washington Redskins. He had replaced David Diehl after injuries to his knee (sprained MCL) and neck (burner) limited his availability. Now, Diehl is needed to step back into the starting spot with James Brewer expected to step up and be a key member of the offensive line rotation.
However, the Giants will need to add depth to the line and it was learned that they put in a waiver claim on former Giant Mitch Petrus who was released by the New England Patriots who had claimed him from the Giants. However, Petrus was awarded to the Tennessee Titans.
That leaves few options available for the Giants and they might be forced to promote Selvish Capers or Matt McCants.
Capers has been a practice squad shuttle rider for the past two years. The Giants released and signed him to the practice squad nine times last season and once this year.
McCants was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is raw and had trouble during the preseason getting set up in pass protection. He still needs a lot of work and is unlikely to be promoted.
The Giants might look outside the organization to add depth. Kareem McKenzie has been sitting at home ever since the Giants decided not to re-sign him this past off-season. There is also the oft-injured Stacey Andrews but it is unlikely he is healthy enough to pass a physical.
Brandon Keith is an option. He worked his way into a starting role with the Arizona Cardinals but has never played more than 13 games in a season. He has good size at 6-5, 335 pounds with good quickness.
However, he tends to overextend on some blocks and can fall down or be pushed to the ground a little too often. He is powerful and can handle moving his man in the rushing attack or use his powerful hands to shock a pass rusher off his route. Keith’s biggest problem is his ability to stay healthy but he could be a decent depth addition for the Giants.
There is little doubt the Giants will add someone to take Locklear’s roster spot. What route they take is still up in the air.
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