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.

Will John Jerry Earn A Roster Spot On The New York Giants?

While the New York Giants lack significant depth on the offensive line, John Jerry presents a some-what serviceable option in case of injury.

Jerry had an abysmal performance in 2017 after restructuring his deal to take a massive pay-cut. Originally, former general manager Jerry Reese signed the offensive lineman to a three-year, $10 million deal. This type of contract was the reason the Giants had little to no cap-space last season.

The Giants were able to re-do his deal to offer only $3.6 million in 2018 and scratch the entire ’19 season off the books. The primary question is: Do the Giants cut him this offseason and save $1.75 million, or do they keep him and utilize his services as a reserve linaman.

What’s Jerry’s top strength?

The Giants’ lineman is a solid pass-blocker but struggles immensely in run-blocking. He has been working with the second string team in mini-camp and OTAs thus far, as Patrick Omameh and second-round draft pick Will Hernandez have supplanted Jerry and Pugh at guard.

With John Greco playing well and earning first-team reps, Jerry has lost his spot as a starter on the team, but could play a role if kept on the team. With a lack of depth at guard, it might be best to retain him as his dead cap is two-thirds of his salary cap hit.

The most enticing aspect of Jerry is his durability, as he has played in every game in five of the six seasons he’s featured in the NFL. He finished the 2017 season as an average lineman, allowing just 1.5 sacks. There’s no doubt that he can have his moments of quality, but his inability to consistent is a major downfall in his game that could subsequently get him cut at the end of the day.