The most exciting competition to make the first team for the New York Giants during camp will be on the offensive line. The aging O-line recently was infused with new talent when the Giants selected Justin Pugh in first round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, this doesn’t mean he will start.
Only three of the five linemen of the 2012 O-line are locks to return as starters week one of the 2013 NFL campaign; Will Beatty at left tackle, Kevin Boothe at left guard and David Baas at center. Chris Snee went through hip surgery to correct a labrum tear and remove some bone spurs in February so he is currently rehabbing and will be limited during OTAs. The Giants will know more about his condition during training camp, but until then I would say his position at right guard on the line is somewhat tentative.
Of the five starters last year only David Diehl, who took a “monster” pay cut to stay with the team, really has to worry about competition for his spot. Including Pugh, James Brewer and Brandon Mosley will be fighting for the right tackle position.
“That is part of being in the NFL – it is about competition and competing,” Diehl said to Ed Valentine of the bigblueview.com. “There are always going to be new guys coming in. It definitely does bring competition and that does nothing but help your football team win games.”
At 32-years old, Diehl’s best days as a football player at right tackle are behind him. With Pugh (22), Mosley (24) and Brewer (25), the Giants have depth and youth at the line. My prediction is the two-time Super Bowl champion will start week one, with a healthy Snee at right guard by his side, for the Giants. After that it’ll be between the three younger linemen to finish the season in Diehl’s spot.