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The New York Giants’ offensive line has ranked towards the bottom fo the league for consecutive years. After GM Dave Gettleman invested high-value assets into the front five, it was expected that they would take a big step forward in 2020. Establishing Nate Solder at left tackle, Will Hernandez at left guard, Jon Halapio at center, Kevin Zeitler at right guard, and Mike Remmers at right tackle.
Since this construction of this unit, Giants’ quarterbacks have once again resorted to running for their lives as a way to preserve plays and make the most of two seconds in the pocket. For those that are still wondering, this played a significant part in Eli Manning’s reliance on the dump-off game.
However, not many expected Remmers to be a force on the line this year, and while he’s far from great, he’s been serviceable despite undergoing back-surgery last offseason.
Offensive line coach, Hal Hunter, praised Remmers’ abilities on the field, but also his leadership:
“I think after missing all of that time and coming back from that back surgery and he missed all of spring, and then he didn’t practice. We had to hold him out a bunch at camp and everything. I think he’s practiced pretty solid, played pretty solid,” Hunter told reporters.
“I think last week his guy never touched the quarterback. It’s been a long time since he’s given up a sack. The thing that I like about Mike is he’s 303-304, he’s not a giant guy, but he plays with good leverage. What he is, he is so competitive and so tough and it’s so important for him, he just overachieves every time he’s in the game. He’s going to get his job done or die trying.
The Giants are likely going to move on from Remmers, who inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal to prove he could still play in the NFL. They may retain him as offensive line depth, but I can not imagine him earning a starting role in 2020, especially after seeing Nick Gates play the past few weeks.
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