The New York Giants are having serious trouble keeping their offensive linemen healthy, as starting left guard, Ben Bredeson, suffered a hand injury that could keep them out for multiple weeks, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
With Nick Gates suffering a lower leg fracture which will keep them out the remainder of the season, losing Bredeson is just another knock to a unit that has struggled over the past few years. However, the team must move forward and find a replacement for the former fourth-round pick.
Luckily for the Giants, one option has become available after agreeing to get vaccinated from COVID-19 and re-join the NFL. Former Los Angeles Chargers lineman Forrest Lamp has become available as a free agent, and the Giants should be heavily considering his services after spending the entire 2020 season as the starting left guard for LA.
Lamp played in 1,174 offensive snaps last year, including 729 as a pass-blocker and 445 as a run-blocker. He allowed two sacks, 14 QB hits, 22 hurries, and 38 pressures, but had a few solid games as a pass blocker.
Over the first three weeks of the season, Bredeson has played 170 snaps, allowing one sack, six hurries, and seven pressures. He has been arguably the Giants’ worst offensive linemen, so the acquisition of Lamp could actually provide an upgrade as the season progresses.
Considering the alternatives, the Giants don’t have many options to work with.
In addition to Lamp, the Giants also worked out former Tennessee Titans tackle Isaiah Wilson. Wilson is considered a massive draft bust after showing carelessness in Tennessee. At just 22-years-old, Wilson is looking for a fresh start and an opportunity to prove that his poor decisions are behind him. Given the discipline the Joe Judge preaches, this could be a perfect chance to give him another shot at redemption, and the Giants surely know they could use another tackle to add to the mix.