New York Giants work out LG Forrest Lamp, but what would he bring?

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The quest to find a competent left guard has been a difficult task for the New York Giants, as they went onto their fifth option in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys. Utilizing both Matt Skura and Wes Martin, the Giants worked out a veteran option on Tuesday afternoon to add more competition.

With a tough stretch of games coming up, the Giants are keen to add more talent in the trenches, which is why they brought in former Los Angeles Chargers lineman Forrest Lamp for a workout. After agreeing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, Lamp is looking to make a return to the NFL after starting at left guard for the Chargers in 2020.

Lamp enjoyed 1,174 offensive snaps last year, posting a 60.7 pass-blocking grade and 42.8 run-blocking grade, per PFF. While he doesn’t offer above-average play, he has plenty of experience at a position of weakness for the Giants. He allowed two sacks, 14 QB hits, 22 hurries, and 38 pressures last season, but Big Blue isn’t it in a position to spend draft capital or resources on a big name player; they need a solution now on a cost efficient deal.

The Giants currently have about $4 million available in funds to allocate if need be, and it is a strong likelihood they bring in another guard, which preferably would be Lamp given his experience. He did have a few solid outings last year, posting 85+ pass-blocking grades against Tampa Bay, Miami, and Atlanta.

Martin, who was signed off the Giants’ practice squad prior to the team’s loss on Sunday, allowed two hurries and two pressures on 39 snaps. Skura, who had never play left guard before the season, was injured early on in the contest, allowing two hits, one hurry, and three pressures over 29 snaps. He posted a solid run-blocking grade but, unfortunately was ineffective as a pass protector.

With the lack of continuity in the trenches, the Giants can’t be picky with their options, which is why Lamp and his experience represent one of their better ones. He likely would agree to a cheaper deal and compete for starting reps immediately, giving him an opportunity to build a sample size in hopes of landing a more luxurious contract in the future.

New York Giants show interest in former 1st round tackle bust, could target starting-level free agent guard

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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.