New York Giants' New Offensive Line Taking Shape

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Giants' New and Improved Offensive Line

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The source of the New York Giants' many offensive problems in 2013 was the offensive line. The line couldn't protect Eli Manning and it couldn't pave the way for any kind of successful rushing attack. New York was prone to plays resulting in negative yards and finding any kind of rhythm was an impossibility. In light of the many problems, the Giants have used free agency to help revamp pieces of the o-line. Here is a look at how it is shaping up.

Right Tackle: Justin Pugh

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Right Tackle: Justin Pugh

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Justin Pugh may very well have been the only bright spot along the 2013 offensive line. Pugh was thrown into the fire in his rookie season and emerged unscathed. There were some growing pains early on, but, over the course of the year, Pugh became a reliable lineman on an otherwise completely busted unit. The Giants hope that Pugh can continue to develop and cement himself as a staple on their new o-line.

Left Tackle: Will Beatty

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Left Tackle: Will Beatty

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Will Beatty was the biggest disappointment on the 2013 offensive line. He did not play well during the season and then suffered a broken leg in the final game of the year. His health could be a bit of question mark heading into the season, in which case newly-acquired John Jerry may see some time. Beatty's contract is too big to ignore if he is healthy, so the Giants must be praying he can return to the field and put 2013 behind him.

Right Guard: Chris Snee

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Right Guard: Chris Snee

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Many speculated that veteran Chris Snee was going to hang up his cleats after two hip surgeries in 2013. However, Snee still wants to play and be a part of the Giants, no matter what role he is given. Snee looks like he could be the starter heading into the 2014 season depending on future moves (or lack thereof) by New York. Snee has been a part of the Giants' o-line for a long time and New York is hoping he still has a little left in the tank.

Left Guard: Geoff Schwartz

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Left Guard: Geoff Schwartz

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Prior to the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie deal, the signing of Geoff Schwartz was probably New York's biggest free agent acquisition. Schwartz will be 28 years old in July and spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also has some experience at tackle and could be moved there if the Giants find themselves in a jam.

Center: J.D. Walton

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Center: J.D. Walton

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The center position remains the biggest question mark on New York's offensive line. As of now, J.D. Walton looks like the starter. However, he hasn't played since September of 2012. Look for the Giants to acquire another option in case the Walton Plan doesn't seem to quite work out.