New York Giants Set To Face Off Against Former Failed Offensive Linemen vs Bengals

The New York Giants have rebuilt their offensive line over the past couple of seasons. Dave Gettleman has made it his main point of emphasis. The Giants’ offensive line looks ready to be a good unit after years of sinking towards the bottom of the league.

Finally, the Giants have potential Pro Bowl level players on their offensive line. But tonight, the Giants defense will get to play against a particularly poor offensive line unit. A unit comprised of a couple of former New York Giants.

The Bengals’ Weak Offensive Line

Bobby Hart:

One problematic player that Giants fans should remember is Bobby Hart. Not only was he a poor performer as the Giants’ right tackle, but Hart also had a sour attitude.

Prior to being waived by the Giants, Bobby Hart “shut down.” He informed the team that he was not going to play one week, maybe because he just did not feel like it. Dave Gettleman does not have the patience for actions like this, so Hart’s time in New York came to a close soon after.

Bobby Hart started 20 games over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, despite consistently poor play. In 2017, Bobby Hart graded out as Pro Football Focus’s 82nd ranked offensive tackle in the NFL out of 87 total tackles. In 2016 he was 67th-best.

Bobby Hart’s move to Cincinnati did not exactly make him a better player, however. In 2018, PFF grading ranked Bobby Hart as the 70th best tackle in the NFL out of 82 total.

John Jerry

Bobby Hart is not the only Giants reject starting on the Bengals’ offensive line. John Jerry was not employed by an NFL team in 2018. The Giants cut ties with the lineman after a tumultuous 2017 season and Jerry was unable to find a home last season.

Jerry’s struggles, however, have not seemed to follow him to Cincinnati. In fact, in preseason week one, John Jerry was the highest-graded left guard in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. Jerry didn’t allow a sack, hit or hurry from 21 pass-blocking snaps in the Bengals preseason opener and posted a 77.4 overall grade.

This still does not give the Giants any regrets about their decision to move on from Jerry though. The Giants have Will Hernandez at left guard and he is one of the league’s best and most promising young offensive linemen.

Who To Watch On The Giants’ Defense

There are now a couple of matchups in the trenches for Giants fans to look out for. With Bobby Hart lining up at right tackle, it will be exciting to watch the Giants’ new blood get after the team’s scrapped parts. Edge rushers Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, and Kareem Martin will face favorable matchups against Bobby Hart.

When facing a weak opponent like Hart, it is important to see the defense’s starters dominate as they should. If the Giants’ edge defenders underperform, it will be very telling of how bad this defense might be in 2019. Carter, Golden, and Martin need to get after the quarterback and prove that they are worthy of leading the Giants’ pass rush this season.

On the interior, the Giants will be lining up Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill, and Dalvin Tomlinson. This will leave John Jerry with his hands full as this core creates one of the NFL’s best young defensive lines. Jerry has been a positive performer during preseason so far, but expect to see the Giants’ defensive line give him some trouble.

New York Giants News, 6/26 – Ereck Flowers finally helping the Giants

New York Giants, Ereck Flowers

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

I never thought I’d see the day that Ereck Flowers and “good” were used in the same sentence, but he’s finally going to do something good for the Giants in 2019.

Flowers, who was picked up by the Washington Redskins, will likely emerge as their starting left guard. The lack of offensive line quality across the league has left many teams scraping for value, and this is just another example. Finally, after years of watching the human turnstile give Eli Manning a heart-attack every play, we will get to enjoy him do the same for another team.

Playing Washington twice per year is a blessing for the Giants, as their lack of defensive line strength will have the pleasure of dominating a first-round pick that would likely go in the 7th round today.

To add to the positivity, John Jerry, former Giants right guard, will likely be the starter for the Cincinnati Bengals at the position. After Jonah Williams suffered a torn labrum on Tuesday, Jerry became the automatic next man up. Ahh, yet another ex-Giants turnstile that we can enjoy fail on another team.

Did I mention the Bengals are paying Bobby Hart an average of $5.3 million per season to play right tackle? Paying Nate Solder $15.5 million per year doesn’t seem too bad right about now, or bringing on Kevin Zeitler. Having a good offensive line is a rarity in today’s NFL, and the Giants could have one of the best in 2019.


Your Giants top news of the day!

Dan Schneier (247 Sports) – Recapping Daniel Jones’ timeline since the Giants drafted him

Paul Schwartz (NY Post) – The Giants’ new Odell Beckhams are taking charge

Scott Thompson (SNY) – ‘Sky’s the limit’: Sam Beal’s college coach expects big things for Giants cornerback in first season

Pat Leonard (NY Daily News) – Rookie CB DeAndre Baker already impressing the Giants and he hasn’t even put on the pads yet

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: How Darius Slayton will make an impact in 2019

Check out the best news from yesterday!

New York Giants News, 6/25 – Lorenzo Carter primed for big 2019