Only two years ago, the Giants' offensive line was considered to be one of the best lines in the league. Last year, like so many other story lines with this team, the unit, marred by injuries, suffered a setback. For the first time since 2001, the Giants failed to produce a 1,000 yard rusher.
"I think hands down, our starting five from last year is our best [line] going into the season," O'Hara said, as reported by ESPN New York. "I think it is up to somebody else to prove us wrong. "This offseason we were all able to get healthy," he added. "We are going to have our starting five on opening day and, as long as we are healthy, I think we are going to return to the form we were in a couple of years ago, taking over games."
According to O'Hara, reports of the line's demise are greatly exaggerated.
"You hear people talk about it from both sides of their mouth because they say what makes a good offensive line is the continuity and being together for so long," O'Hara said. "And then in the same sentence they say, 'well these guys are getting up there in age.' Really in truth, the New York Jets offensive line was older than us last year. I don't really think any of us believe that anybody is aging ungracefully.
"Our unit takes everything personal," O'Hara added. "I can sit here right now and say the best five offensive linemen we have on our team are starting and there's no two ways about it. We definitely have some younger guys that are talented that are going to take these opportunities to get some reps. They just need some reps, that really is what it is. Guys on our team want to play, they don't want to watch. It is all about being earned."There is competition at tackle, where William Beatty will be given the chance in training camp to beat out Seubert for a starting spot.
"It is the best five guys playing," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "So it is not that Will would beat out David at left tackle, it is can Will play well enough at left tackle that you would move David in? But he is really beating out Rich Seubert. He has played real well. But you are beating out a guy that may be the heart and soul of your offensive group. Richie kind of embodies everything that you want in an offensive lineman. And he is going to give him hell."Five days until training camp begins in Albany.