New York Giants: How Nate Solder’s Opt-Out Affects The Rest Of The Linemen

New York Giants, Nate Solder, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers

Competition At A Weak Center Position

Many Giants fans were hoping to see Nick Gates start at center in 2020. But what happens if he starts at right tackle instead, now that Solder has opted out? This could lead Spencer Pulley into the starting role this season.

Spencer Pulley started one game for the Giants in 2019. That game was against the Jets in Week 12. In that game, Pulley struggled immensely as both a run-blocker and a pass-blocker. The center position is already a major weakness for the Giants. The potential of Nick Gates starting there made it a hopeful position. But, if Pulley is penciled in as the starter, that potential is taken away and the center position is as weak as it ever has been.

The Giants could look to sign a free-agent center. Justin Britt, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, is available after being cut this offseason. Britt was solid last season, allowing only 17 pressures in 504 snaps (PFF). He only played in 8 games, though, as Justin Britt suffered a torn ACL that sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

If Justin Britt is healthy, he could be a solid addition to the Giants’ weak group of centers. This position battle will be crucial for the Giants in training camp. New York needs to see improved play out of the center position in 2020. With less depth now present on the offensive line, it might be more difficult now for the Giants to improve that position.

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