New York Giants’ left guard position battle taking shape during training camp

Anthony Rivardo
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Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants guard Shane Lemieux (66) during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants finished day two of training camp today to the cheers of many fans in attendance. The Giants’ offense has turned heads at practice as many fans have been impressed with the restructuring made by Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka. One area of focus this offseason has been the offensive line. After tumultuous seasons up front, Joe Schoen has stepped in and rebuilt the Giants’ offensive line. However, ntering camp, many believed there would be a positional battle at left guard between Shane Lemieux and Joshua Ezeudu. That competition seems to be taking shape with one man clearly in the lead.

Shane Lemieux playing with the first team

Last summer, Shane Lemieux was the projected starter at left guard. But early on in camp, the Giants’ 2020 fifth-round draft pick suffered a partially torn patellar tendon. This injury caused Lemieux to miss some time, but he still managed to start in Week One. Unfortunately, his regular season playing time was short-lived. Lemieux played 17 snaps for the Giants at left guard in Week One before leaving the lineup and ultimately landing on injured reserve to have surgery done on his knee.

Shane Lemieux is back and healthy this summer and once again looks to be the projected starter at left guard. During the first two days of camp, Lemieux played left guard on the first team both days. There is some competition brewing, though. The Giants drafted rookie guard Joshua Ezeudu in the third round of this year’s draft. Some fans and analysts have high expectations for the UNC product as he looks to compete for a starting job with the Giants.

Joshua Ezeudu has been playing on the second team at camp. The rookie will need time to get acclimated to the professional level but the potential is there. Joshua Ezeudu could impress the team during preseason and compete for the starting job. Another name initially thought to be in the mix, Max Garcia, seems to be fitting in better on the other side of the line.

Max Garcia was signed by the Giants this offseason and many believed he would compete for the job at left guard. But after two days of camp, Garcia has only played right guard with the second team. In all likelihood, Max Garcia will serve a versatile backup role for the Giants, filling in on either side of the line when needed.

Shane Lemieux seems to be the shoo-in at left guard. The New York Giants desperately need better play from the position after a revolving door of starters underperformed in 2021. Whether it be Lemieux or Ezeudu, the Giants are hoping for an upgrade.

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