With veteran offensive linemen Joe Looney and Zach Fulton electing to retire, the New York Giants were in the market for more depth in the trenches.
With that being the case, the Giants went out and signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ted Larsen, who featured in just 38 offensive snaps last season as a practice squad player for Tom Brady and Co. Larsen was activated for two regular-season games and the entire post-season, who was simply a reserve and last resort for a unit that performed quite well with Brady at the helm.
The Giants desperately need more competitors in the trenches, with two veterans leaving camp early. However, Larsen hasnâ€™t been an effective offensive lineman since the 2016 season he spent with the Chicago Bears. He posted a 70.2 overall pass-blocking grade and 74.9 run-blocking grade, per PFF. Over 581 snaps, he allowed two sacks and 12 hurries, spending the majority of his time at RG. Larsen has played a total of 3446 snaps at left guard, 766 at center, and 1805 at right guard.
Larsen will likely sign for the veteran minimum, given the Giants donâ€™t have much salary space to work with at the moment. The corresponding move for Big Blue is the waving of running back Mike Weber and defensive back Jordyn Peters. The Giants will take on the New York Jets in their first preseason game of the season on Saturday.