The Giants' new-look offensive line is looking a lot like the old offensive line. The "ones" - or the first team, consists of four starters from last year: C David Baas, LT Will Beatty, RT David Diehl and LG Kevin Boothe. The fifth starter, Pro Bowler Chris Snee (hip), is currently on PUP and is being spelled by third-year lineman James Brewer.
That's the group the Giants are going with right now. The metamorphosis has begun, however, and a year from now we'll probably be looking at a completely different group.
Snee has one more year on his deal, a player option. He could retire if his physical issues continue. Diehl is in the final year of his contract and Boothe was signed back to one-year contract in the spring.
Brewer is a tackle by trade, but - like every Giant lineman - is being forged into a guard, where the team needs help. He is getting the reps along with Brandon Mosley, another young lineman the Giants are trying at both guard and tackle who missed all of last season with an ankle injury.
This year's first round pick, Justin Pugh, comes in the door with a reputation for versatility. He's going to be on the apron, waiting for an opportunity at RT. It may not come until 2014, but the Giants are getting him ready.
Baas will continue at center. He's had some injury problems, but the Giants have him under contract through 2015 and there's no reason for them - right now - to make a change. Beatty is in the first year of a five-year deal, so he's locked in at LT
As stated, Snee, Diehl and Boothe could be gone after this season. Enter Pugh, Brewer, Mosley and perhaps Mat McCants and Eric Herman and you have your transition team in place. Next year, you could see an offensive line of Beatty and Pugh at tackle, Brewer and Mosley at guard and Baas at center.