Oddly, the New York Giants sat interior defense of lineman BJ Hill on Sunday against the New England Patriots in the team’s final preseason game. Hill, who has been a productive pass rusher for the Giants the past few years was traded on Monday afternoon to the Cincinnati Bengals for former first-round pick, Billy price.
Price, who has 1,354 offensive snaps to his name, has struggled since being drafted in 2018. He posted a 29.4 pass-blocking grade, per PFF last season. He has given up five sacks, 31 hurries, and 41 pressures in his career, but has the versatility to play at left guard, center, and right guard.
Billy Price has played in 1,354 snaps over 3 years with 5 sacks to his name. He's had his fair share of struggles but is a good pickup for the Giants as an experienced player who can play at left guard, center, and right guard.
More versatility for the Giants, I like the move!
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) August 30, 2021
This gives the Giants a bit more versatility in how they construct their lineup in the trenches. For example, if Shane Lemieux were struggling at left guard, the Giants can either kick Nick Gates to that position or put Price in. It will take him some time to get acclimated with the Giants’ offensive scheme, but his ability to play multiple spots is beneficial. He earned his best grades during his 2018 rookie season playing specifically at center, so he might prefer to stay at that spot rather than shift around to the guard positions.’
Overall, the Giants had plenty of depth and talent on the defensive side in the trenches, but their OL has been spotty all offseason, and adding more talent was a necessity.