New York Giants: Dave Gettleman indicates that Nick Gates could have a big role in 2020

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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 22: Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants lines up against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField on December 22, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The New York Giants might have their right tackle already on the roster.

In a conference call with Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday afternoon, he indicated that offensive lineman Nick Gates could be in line for a significant promotion in 2020. He stated explicitly — “I know this sounds crazy … we got faith in Nick Gates.”

Having been an undrafted free agent one year ago, Gates is now in line to earn serious reps next season. With the right tackle position being open for the taking, it’s possible the Giants attempt to plug him in there with Cam Fleming operating as a competitor and swing option.

Ultimately, the Giants have far too many holes to solve in the upcoming draft, which is why they will have to choose what spots to inject new talent into carefully. They’ve already signed a new cornerback, linebacker, and pass rusher, but need a new tackle, center, and top-tier pass rusher. If Gates can cement himself as a quality right tackle, a spot he succeeded in minimally last season, Gettleman will have one less essential position to worry about.

However, the jury is still out on Nate Solder and if he can hold up in pass protection with Daniel Jones under center. Keeping the second-year quarterback safe must be a priority, which is why the elevated confidence in Gates can be a bit problematic. Alternatively, Gates could be pushed into the center position, where his frame is a bit more suited.

The Giants are also looking to numerous prospects:

Recent reports have indicated that Gettleman is enamored with tackle prospects like Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa. It’s possible these players are being considered at left tackle, but Solder is still on the roster and too expensive to cut/bench at this point. Wirfs could theoretically compete for the right tackle spot with Fleming and Gates, transferring over to the left side in 2021. This is likely what would unfold if the Giants spend the 4th overall pick on a tackle.