New York Giants Strike Gold With Geoff Schwartz

By Evan Slavit
Geoff Schwartz
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Geoff Schwartz is a monster. He’s listed at 6-foot-6, 340 pounds. The biggest starting lineman for the New York Giants last season was Kevin Boothe at 320 pounds. Oh, and he’s only 28 years old. Contract details have yet to be revealed, but the Giants have filled their biggest hole in arguably the biggest way.

As can be assumed by his mammoth size, Schwartz is primarily known as a run blocker. But he was strong in the passing game as well. According to Pro Football Focus he had a pass blocking efficiency of 97.3 which would rank 11th in the NFL. Overall, Schwartz finished with a +18.6 rating last season.

Schwartz is not just dominant in the run game, using his massive frame to maul opposing defensive lineman, but he is sound in technique, avoiding negative plays too. According to Football Outsiders the Giants’ running backs were stuffed on 25 percent of their runs — only the Baltimore Ravens were worse. Schwartz should help turn that around.

With Chris Snee restructuring his contract, it’s likely Schwartz will be starting at left guard. That means he’ll be slotted next to William Beatty on the offensive line. That can only be good news for the struggling left tackle. Beatty is entering the second year of a five-year $38.75 million contract, so the Giants desperately need him to bounce back. Knowing Schwartz is at his side should only increase Beatty’s confidence.

The Giants are still likely to add a center later in free agency. They have been strongly linked to former Green Bay Packers‘ center Evan Dietrich-Smith, because of his familiarity with Ben McAdoo, the new Giants offensive coordinator. Those two moves alone would turn the Giants interior line to one of the best units in the league.

Offensive line was clearly the Giants biggest need heading into the offseason. On the first day the team added arguably the best guard on the market, a strong first step in rebuilding the unit.

Evan Slavit is a New York Giants writer for Follow him on twitter @EvanSlavit, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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