New York Giants: Matt Peart to finish 2021 season with torn ACL

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants have suffered through a bad trend of injuries this season, and this time around, it’s Matt Peart that will fall victim to a season-ending one. After Peart was able to move into a starting role with Nate Solder out, the right tackle left the game against the Eagles with some form of knee injury. We know now that this injury was an ACL tear and that it will end Peart’s season.

This, of course, leaves the Giants in a bad position for the couple of games that are remaining. The next man up on the depth chart is Korey Cunningham, who is far from a name that Giants fans imagined as a contender for the right tackle spot.

Cunningham was released by the Patriots earlier this year and only made it onto the Giants practice squad this September. He was moved to the active roster in mid-October, and was the player that came in to take over for Peart after his injury.

This also leaves Peart with an uncertain Giants future. The team has preferred Nate Solder at right tackle when Solder is available and able to play, and Peart hasn’t proven to be the answer during the time when he has been on the field.

The right tackle position is a need for the Giants that may be addressed through the draft whether or not they keep Peart around, but the ACL injury and the recovery process that will follow it may hurt Peart’s chances of staying on the roster as a backup player next year.

With it being unclear right now when Nate Solder is leaving the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Giants may just be down to Cunningham and project player Isaiah Wilson at the right tackle position for the next game.

New York Giants raise questions by continuing to leave out Matt Peart

New York Giants, Matt Peart

Even after a win against Philadelphia, it’s clear that the New York Giants need to rebuild most of the offensive line. In fact, it’s clear that the Giants could have won the game by a much safer margin if they had even an average o-line. It’s a problem that has often influenced the outcome on crucial plays this season. When the Giants had a chance to close Sunday’s game out without giving the ball back, it was the play up front that had a role in their inability to do so.

The current state of affairs makes it even stranger that the Giants are continuing to include Nate Solder in the starting lineup over rival Matt Peart. Solder played one hundred percent of the offensive snaps against the Eagles, and hasn’t gone anywhere now that Andrew Thomas is healthy.

Solder’s play with the Giants has been underwhelming from the beginning, but his performance this season has drawn even more attention and even brought names such as Lawrence Tynes to comment on Solder’s continued playing time.

Still, if the team isn’t playing Peart over Solder, it’s hard to imagine there’s no reason for it. Even the Giants, whose coaching quality has been dubious this season, have coaches that want to win and protect their own jobs.

From that perspective, we’re left with one question: what makes the coaching staff believe Nate Solder gives the best chance at winning?

Why Nate Solder may remain in the lineup

The calls for Peart to play instead of Solder are understandable, but it’s still worth looking at both sides of the issue to understand why the Giants are making the decisions that they have.

At the heart of it, Joe Judge and the others on the coaching staff must see something in Solder that they don’t see in Peart. Based on Solder’s overall play in recent games, it’s safe to say that thing probably isn’t physical. Solder looks like he’s been in the league a bit too long, and that’s more apparent than ever in recent outings where Solder frequently let his man past him, reacted late, or ended up out of position.

That leaves us with other factors to consider. One of the few advantages Solder has on younger players is more veteran experience, and that may have something to do with the team’s decision making.

Blocking in the NFL is not just a physical game, but also a tactical one. Scheme matters a lot, and older players often have an advantage in sticking to and executing a scheme compared to more experienced ones.

The Giants have also had an unstable offensive line this season due to injuries. The current starting lineup isn’t one the Giants were prepared to field based on the outlook on paper going into the year, and the staff may want Solder on the field as a stabilizing presence who may be able to aid the rest of the line in staying with the scheme.

Should the Giants start Matt Peart going forward?

Even if Solder is a veteran presence, any benefits gained from that have a diminishing return thanks to his poor blocking.

The experiment of playing Solder this season has run its course and, at this point, it’s clear the Giants aren’t going to gain anything from continuing to play him. Even if the staff believes there’s justifications for starting him over Peart before, that should change for the rest of the season.

The fact of the matter is that Solder is already playing like a replacement level player and there’s little room to fall by giving Peart a chance. Despite technically being in the running, it’s highly unlikely that the Giants are actually going to the playoffs this year. Rather than making conservative decisions, it would be better for the team’s long-term prospects to use the rest of this season for evaluation and experimentation.

Peart may have something to offer for the future, or he may not. At this point, it’s unclear. The Giants should use the rest of this season to get a clear answer, headed into an offseason where a rebuild of the offensive line will be a major point of interest.

New York Giants should roll with young starting OT duo the rest of season

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart

The New York Giants have struggled to solidify their offensive line for years. Despite investing a fair amount of assets in the unit, the Giants still have one of the league’s worst front lines. Andrew Thomas seems to be a stud, but the Giants’ ultra-expensive right tackle Nate Solder has played poorly all season long. It is time for the Giants to get extra young on the offensive line and start another second-year player on the offensive line: right tackle Matt Peart.

Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart should be starting offensive tackles for the rest of the season. Left tackle Andrew Thomas is dealing with an injury, but the Giants feel confident that he will be able to bounce back and continue playing at a high level. On the right side, though, Nate Solder has struggled all season and had a pitiful performance playing left tackle in Week Five. It is time for Matt Peart to take over as the starter at right tackle.

Andrew Thomas stats and highlights

Through the first four games of the season, Andrew Thomas looked phenomenal. The Giants’ 2020 fourth overall pick struggled as a rookie, especially in the first quarter of the season.

Weeks 1-4 2020:

-3 QB hits

-13 hurries

-19 pressures

-3 sacks allowed

As a sophomore, Andrew Thomas looks far more polished. The Giants’ young left tackle has proven to be a true building block as a top-tier pass protector this season.

Weeks 1-4 2021:

-1 QB hit

-5 hurries

-6 pressure

-ZERO sacks

Matt Peart stats and highlights

It took him a while to put it together, but it seems like New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart has finally found his way in the NFL. After only 150 snaps in 2020, Peart was initially expected to be the Giants’ starting right tackle in 2021. Ultimately, Nate Solder won the job, but it seems like Matt Peart might have earned it back in Week Five.

Matt Peart allowed 1 pressure and 0 QB Hits on 68 snaps as the starter against the Cowboys. He significantly outperformed Nate Solder. As a second-year player, Peart is still developing. With increased playing time, he could turn into a viable option as a full-time starter for the Giants.

New York Giants: Silver linings in disastrous Week Five loss

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The New York Giants fell to 1-4 after a disastrous loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas whooped the Giants 44-20 as New York lost a number of key starters during the Week Five matchup. Nearly everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong for the Giants.

However, there were some silver linings for Giants fans to latch on to. The emergence of Kadarius Toney as a player with superstar potential is rather exciting. And on the offensive line, it was not a great performance from the boys upfront, however, Matt Peart started for the first time this season at right tackle and outplayed Nate Solder. These two young players standing out are major silver linings for the Giants.

Kadarius Toney: A star was born in Dallas

New York Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney had a breakout performance on Sunday. The Giants spent the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on the rookie wide receiver who put up 189 receiving yards against the Dallas Cowboys.

Kadarius Toney looks like a superstar in the making. He totaled 196 yards (7 rushing, 189 receiving) on 11 touches. His 93.3 PFF receiving grade in Week Five was the highest among all receivers in the league. Toney’s 189 receiving yards are the most posted by a rookie in a single game this season.

Kadarius Toney ran some ridiculous routes to create separation, but he also made plays after the catch. Toney forced 3 missed tackles and averaged 8.9 yards after the catch per reception. Kadarius Toney is a true weapon for the New York Giants’ offense.

Matt Peart outplaying Nate Solder

All offseason long, Matt Peart was the projected starter at right tackle for the New York Giants. But, to start the regular season, Nate Solder won the job. With left tackle Andrew Thomas OUT on Sunday, Nate Solder made the switch back to left tackle as a fill-in. This opened the door for Matt Peart to start at right tackle. One tackle significantly outperformed the other, and it was not the tackle that has started the first four games of the season.

Nate Solder allowed 3 QB hits, 5 hurries, and an insane 8 pressures against the Dallas Cowboys in Week Five. He was a turnstile protecting Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon’s blindsides.

Matt Peart allowed 1 pressure and 0 QB Hits on 68 snaps as the starter against the Cowboys. He significantly outperformed the veteran. As a second-year player, Peart is still developing. With increased playing time, he could turn into a viable option as a full-time starter for the Giants.

The New York Giants are making a smart move with Matt Peart plans

New York Giants, Matt Peart

Going into the off-season, the New York Giants assumed that second-year offensive tackle Matt Peart would give veteran Nate Solder a run for his money at right tackle. After Solder opted out for the 2020 season due to COVID-19, Peart displayed signs of growth and adequacy as a rookie, but he lost out badly during the position battle for the starting job this pre-season.

In fact, Peart has only played 19 snaps this year, all of them coming in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. He allowed one QB hit and a pressure during that time, quickly being supplemented for Solder as the Giants ended the competition and gave the more experienced option the job.

However, the Giants aren’t giving up on the Connecticut product just yet, as they’re making a proactive decision to cross-train him at guard. This is a decision the former coaching staff failed to make with Ereck Flowers, forcing him to play left tackle despite significant issues. Peart, who stands at 6’7″ and over 300-pounds, would be a huge body in the interior. With superior athleticism, if he can develop his fundamentals, he could end up being an adequate option, which would be a definitive change in strategy.

Head coach Joe Judge indicated as much as Peart begins to earn reps with the second-team during practice at guard.

“We’re going to rotate Matt on through the tackle position,” Judge said. “We’ll kind of take a look at him maybe playing some stuff inside as we get going right here. We’ll kind of work around through practice these next few days and kind of see where things shake out.

I wouldn’t expect to see Peart starting at LG anytime soon, as the Giants have been Bredeson, for who they traded a fourth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens. While he’s shown flashes in run-blocking, his pass-protection has been spotty at best. He has allowed five hurries and five pressures over 100 snaps this year. The Giants started Center Nick Gates at left guard against Washington before he suffered a gruesome lower leg injury, forcing Bredeson into the starting spot.

Taking a more progressive approach toward Peart is a great move by the coaching staff and one that will hopefully pan out in the future. The Giants might try to sprinkle him in to get his feet wet against the Falcons, but unless something serious happens to Bredeson, I expect him to remain the starter moving forward.

New York Giants: Evaluating each starting offensive lineman’s performance in final pre-season game

new york giants, daniel jones

The New York Giants might’ve walked away from their final preseason game of the off-season with more questions than answers. The starting offense was without several key playmakers, including Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Saquon Barkley, and Kyle Rudolph. With that being the case, quarterback Daniel Jones once again operated with less than stellar starting talent, but it was the offensive line that put him in harm’s way more often than not.

With the OL being the biggest concern, it was disappointing to see several poor performances that led to Jones either running from pass rushers or being thrown to the ground. There were some positives in the trenches, but two glaring weaknesses at tackle stand out.

Evaluating each starting offensive lineman in New York Giants’ final pre-season game:

LT: Andrew Thomas

Most entered Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a common belief, Andrew Thomas had taken a step forward this off-season. While some might stand by that assessment, Thomas was completely destroyed in pass protection, allowing a sack, a quarterback hit, one QB hurry, and three pressures over 39 snaps. Altogether, Thomas looked choppy and hesitant with his technique, indicating he was trying to stay square for as long as possible before kicking out to the edge.

“Started off a little slow. [There are] some things I’ve gotta improve on: hand placement, staying wide on my set to [create] the depth of the pocket. I’m confident. I’ve made improvements, but there’s still things I need to work on.”
This was not the encouraging performance we wanted to see from Thomas heading into the regular season, especially as Von Miller waits for him against Denver. Hopefully, he learns a thing or two and bounces back in a strong way, as most Giants fans are trembling in fear.

LG: Ted Larsen

With Shane Lemieux still sidelines, the Giants rolled with Ted Larsen at left guard to start the game. Larsen allowed a sack, QB hurry, and two pressures over 39 snaps. The 34-year-old guard will likely be supplemented by Lemieux in Week 1, but gaining essential chemistry during the preseason is necessary for positive growth. The Giants can’t possibly rely on Larsen as a starting guard, so this evaluation views him as a depth piece and nothing more.

C: Nick Gates

While the negative performances undoubtedly littered the field, center Nick Gates had a solid outing, dominating as a run blocker primarily. Per PFF, Gates was hit with two QB hurries and two pressures recorded, but he looked solid nonetheless.

Gates is one of the more consistent linemen for the Giants, and they expect him to lock down the center role for the 2021 season. Gates improved as the 2020 campaign went on, so I expect something similar moving forward as the regular season is just two weeks away.

RG: Will Hernandez

Of all the offensive linemen for the Giants on Sunday, Will Hernandez looked the best. He earned an 87 overall grade, per PFF, declining to give up a sack, QB hit, or pressure. Overall, he was the best looking lineman for the Giants and would’ve been for most teams. You never want to hear an offensive lineman’s name too often during a contest, and Hernandez was essentially a ghost. Putting together a few performances like this will get the coaching staff excited, but unless the rest of the OL can take a developmental step forward, they’ll once again be pulling Daniel Jones under pressure.

RT: Nate Solder/Matt Peart

Nate Solder enjoyed 20 snaps at right tackle in the loss to the Patriots, and during that time, he allowed a sack and pressure. While he served adequately as a run blocker, this was Solder’s first action of the preseason, and he was always going to experience a few bumpy snaps.

Overall, the right tackle spot is currently enjoying a position battle between Solder and the Peart. At this point, I would give Peart the slightest advantage, having allowed one QB hit and pressure over 32 snaps. The Giants would prefer to have their youngsters starting a tackle come Week 1, but they need to be comfortable with the idea that Daniel Jones may be under a bit of pressure at times.

New York Giants: Matt Peart needs to impress in Sunday’s preseason finale

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants offensive line has been a problem for years. If the Giants do not solve this problem, they are putting their entire 2021 season at risk. Offensive line play is important and a bad offensive line could spoil an entire season. The Giants have question marks all over the offensive line, but right tackle Matt Peart might be the biggest question mark in the unit.

The Giants drafted Matt Peart in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He saw limited playing time as a rookie, taking the field for only 150 snaps. Peart impressed the coaching staff in his small sample size, though, and was projected to be the starter this season. After dealing with a back injury all offseason, Matt Peart was activated off the PUP list a few weeks ago and returned to the lineup.

Matt Peart’s return to the lineup has been a bit underwhelming. The second-year tackle out of UConn struggled in his first preseason action against the Jets two weeks ago and he has struggled to consistently perform at a high level in practice. New York’s last preseason game will take place this Sunday and head coach Joe Judge plans to give the starters plenty of playing time. Matt Peart needs to impress in this year’s preseason finale so the team can feel confident in him as a starter in the regular season.

Matt Peart in a crucial preseason finale

The New York Giants play the New England Patriots on Sunday in the final week of the preseason. This is the last chance for any roster bubble players to solidify a spot with the team and for fringe starters to secure their place in the opening lineup.

Right tackle Matt Peart is one of those players on the Giants looking to solidify his place with the first team this week. The Giants have a lowkey competition ongoing at right tackle. Veteran tackle Nate Solder has reportedly had a solid training camp. The Giants expect Solder to be their swing tackle and their backup for both left and right tackle. But if Matt Peart struggles on Sunday the way he did in Preseason Week One, Nate Solder could push for the starting position.

Matt Peart has only played 11 snaps this preseason. But in that small snap count, Peart was beaten in pass protection and let up a sack on a crucial third down. Combine that underwhelming performance with some struggles in practice, and some fans are calling for Nate Solder to be placed into the starting lineup.

Sunday’s preseason finale will be the last moment that the Giants’ coaching staff gets to evaluate their roster before the final wave of cuts. The team will also have to finalize its starting lineup within the next two weeks. With an impressive performance on Sunday, Matt Peart can give the Giants confidence in him as the starting right tackle entering the regular season.

Giants’ Matt Peart gunning for starting job, but it boils down to one category

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants have an unresolved position at right tackle, with second-year player Matt Peart and veteran Nate Solder expected to battle it out for the starting job.

Peart, who enjoyed 150 total snaps last year on the offensive line is looking to take a step forward in his progression. He worked diligently this off-season to lean out and add more muscle mass, helping him physically. However, everything boils down to the fundamentals at some point. If Peart can approve his pass-blocking snaps and technique, he could find himself starting in 2021 opposite Andrew Thomas, the fourth overall pick last year. Peart earned a 46.6 pass-blocking grade in 2020, per PFF.

“I’m just happy to be out there,” Peart said on Tuesday. “Like I said, every day is a new opportunity to work on our craft and get better. I just think of it as a blessing now to be able to be out here, just to be with my brothers, to be with the family again. It just felt good to be with my guys.”

Head coach Joe Judge spoke highly of Peart, who showed up to work and put his best foot forward despite negative variables impacting his season. The University of Connecticut product contracted COVID-19, which hurt his stamina and set him back during the second half of the year.

“What we saw last year was competitiveness, very coachable player and daily improvement. Obviously, he showed up. The first action he got last year was versus Washington in that first game we had. It was kind of on short notice. He jumped on in there, we threw him in there on the edge and he held up pretty well for us. And as we went forward, he gave us confidence to mix him through and we had a three-tackle rotation, and he kept getting better week by week,” Judge said. “He had a setback with injury at the end of last year that kind of took a little playing time away from him because he couldn’t go out there and give 100 percent, but we had confidence in him every game last year to put him out there when he was healthy.”

The Giants’ confidence in him at such an early point his career brews optimism, and his off-season work should only boost their evaluation.
When asked how he spent the off-season improving, Peart mentioned his increase in physical size and athleticism.

“I probably just leaned up a little more, got more muscle mass, cut more fat. But like I said, grinding the offseason program, getting bigger and stronger.”

If the Giants find themselves with two sophomore tackles starting and playing at an adequate level, they will be in good shape financially. Having both starting tackles on a rookie contract allows the team to spend elsewhere, giving them a nice cushion in the salary category. Depending on how Peart performs during the preseason, there’s a great chance he earns the first crack at the starting job come Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. However, I wouldn’t rule out Solder giving him a run for his money.

New York Giants: Matt Peart makes it off PUP list, will return to practice

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants are concerned with an injury to Shane Lemieux at the moment, but a silver lining despite the current situation is that one key member of the offensive line should be coming back from the PUP list and ready to go next practice at training camp.

That player is Matt Peart, who is likely coming into this season as the starting right tackle after spending some limited time there in 2020. That, of course, was originally because starting tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season.

It played a part in the first year tackle Peart playing 11 games last season, while also competing with higher draft pick Andrew Thomas after Thomas had a generally bad start and was benched in week 6 for being late for a meeting.

However, Peart’s offseason progress in 2021 was interrupted when he entered training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a back problem.

Right now, Peart seems like the likely starter at right tackle but is in an unofficial position battle with Nate Solder. Solder is back with the Giants after taking a reduced contract and, while he hasn’t played in a long time and didn’t show much promise during his time on the field as a Giant, has been confident about his physical ability even at 33 years old.

Despite that public facing confidence, many in the fanbase have written Solder off and written Peart in as the likely starter at the position just because of Solder’s age and his low performance as one of the worst starting tackles in the league when he was active with the Giants.

We’ll get to see Peart in action at training camp soon now that his back problem is over with, and that may very well give evidence one way or the other towards his locking up the starting role.

New York Giants: Is Matt Peart this real deal at right tackle?

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants have a competition battle brewing at right tackle, but the expectation is that veteran Nate Solder will push for the starting job. Solder, who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, is looking to make a heroic return to form after struggling during the 2019 season.

Solder allowed 11 sacks, 36 hurries, and 56 pressures, per PFF, showcasing one of his worst performances to date. However, a year off from football might have benefitted his mindset, which could lead to an improved 2021 season. While we can remain optimistic, Solder has a big challenge ahead of him, dethroning Matt Peart at right tackle; a second-year player out of the University of Connecticut vying for the starting gig.

Peart had himself an adequate rookie season, despite several factors working against him. Ranging from the loss of preseason as a result of Covid and the transition to a new coaching staff, Peart didn’t exactly have an ideal situation to help him adapt to the NFL.

Listed at 6’7” and 301 pounds, the sophomore tackle undoubtedly added size to his frame this off-season to help as a force in the running game. Improving his strength was one of his biggest priorities, and it seemed as if he accomplished just that over the past few months.

According to Patricia Traina of SI, Matt Peart looked to improve one of his more prevalent deficiencies, adding more strength to his frame:

He also needed to get stronger to improve his anchor against stronger opponents seeking to put him on roller skates. Again, this seems to be something Peart did address as he appeared to be bulkier in the upper body.

Last season, the 24-year-old tackle allowed 2.0 sacks, five hurries, and nine pressures over 150 offensive snaps. He was far more efficient in run blocking but did post a few solid pass blocking performances over a smaller sample size. The maximum amount of pass-blocking snaps he experienced was 14 against Baltimore in Week 16, in which he allowed a sack and two pressures.

However, with more muscle mass and a year of experience under his belt, Peart is expected to take a sufficient developmental leap. With quick feet and the ability to reach the second level, running back Saquon Barkley will benefit tremendously from his qualities, but his pass blocking is where things need to improve drastically.

Ultimately, Peart and Solder offer different qualities, as the traditional left tackle (only played right tackle during his rookie season back in 2011) is a more proficient blocker in the passing game, whereas Peart appears to dominate in run blocking. Depending on the Giants’ scheme, we could see a rotational approach at right tackle to start the season, and if Peart takes the jump we anticipate, he could end up starting sooner rather than later.