The New York Giants hosted one of the worst offensive lines in 2019, thanks to inconsistent play and unjust confidence at the tackle positions. General manager Dave Gettleman made it a priority to solve their woes in the trenches on offense, utilizing the fourth overall pick in the draft Andrew Thomas.
Spending a top-five selection on an offense of tackle and a third-round pick as a developmental piece in Matt Peart, it seems the Giants are taking the cohesion of the line much more seriously. Hiring Marc Colombo and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett requires them to have a strong line. Having enjoyed the fruits of the Cowboys’ offensive front, they will require a similar competitive advantage.
However, Nate Solder has opted out for the 2020 season, which leaves Thomas, Cameron Fleming, Nick Gates, and Matt Peart to battle it out for the starting position.
We should anticipate an improvement of sorts, but let’s take a look at last year’s unit to give you an idea of just how poor they performed.
New York Giants 2019 offensive line grades (PFF):
Nate Solder (64.8)
Solder was arguably the worst lineman on the team last year, and while his mind was distracted due to personal issues, he allowed 11 sacks and five penalties. He ranked third in the league for most sacks allowed and failed to earn any of his $5.4 million base salary.
His departure for the 2020 campaign will put Fleming and Thomas in a more difficult position, but it will give them a competitive advantage to earn plenty of starting reps.