New York Giants news, 12/17 – Do the Giants already have their future right tackle on the roster?

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When New York Giants right guard Kevin Zeitler was ruled out of last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, none expected the offensive line to hold up with their best link missing. However, undrafted free agent Nick Gates filled in valiantly, paving the way for Saquon Barkley’s first 100-yard rushing game since week two of the regulars season.

Gates, who performed well at right tackle when Mike Remmers was out with back soreness, was moved to right guard in this instance, where he played equally as well. He mentioned after the game that playing guard is more preferable since his surroundings are more confined.

Head coach Pat Shurmur advocated for the young offensive lineman, as he stated after the win over Miami:

“Yeah, Nick Gates played well,” Shurmur said. “I think we’ve talked about him kind of on the edges here throughout the year. I think he’s got a bright future. He went in there, stepped in there, played for Zeitler. He’s played a little bit of tackle. I think he’s got a real bright future. He played tough. On one of the scoring plays there, he pulled, cut the edge where Saquon was able to bounce. He’s just a really good football player and I think when he’s given opportunities he performs well.”

Gates emerged as one of the bright spots in week 15 for the New York Giants, and he could earn another chance to prove his worth next weekend against the Washington Redskins. Per PFF, he graded out at 82.1 on the day and didn’t allow a single pressure. He also played an instrumental role in Saquon Barkley’s second touchdown run of the day.


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