Giants coach Pat Shurmur was pleased with what he saw from his team's offensive line during Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Saints.
Chad Wheeler and John Greco each started for a second straight week after Wheeler replaced struggling former first-round pick Ereck Flowers and Grego took over for the injured Jon Halapio. The new-look offensive line helped the Giants beat the Texans for their first win of the season, but the offense as a whole couldn't score enough points after a promising opening drive.
"I do think this -- even though we didn't win, the offensive line as a unit played their best game," Shurmur said on WFAN. "I think Chad Wheeler played better in his second start. I thought (John) Greco played better in his second start. I think Will Hernandez is getting better. I thought Pat (Omameh) did a good job. So, we're getting better there."
When Sunday's game was all said and done, the Giants totaled 299 yards, including 231 passing yards, but turned the ball over twice. Eli Manning was sacked three times.
Shurmur said he could have better utilized RB Saquon Barkley by calling more running plays, but he also sees the offensive line playing a key role in bolstering the offense. If the line can develop stability down the stretch, Shurmur believes the group has the potential to propel the entire offense to another level.
"I think as we get more comfortable and confident, we're going to go as far as that group will block for us," Shurmur said. "I think if we can continue to get better there, then some of the fun stuff we want to see is going to happen on a more consistent basis."