Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan knows that his unit's success this year is all on the offensive line.
"We know we're going to go as far as our offensive line goes," Sullivan said Friday.
An obvious area of emphasis this offseason, the Giants didn't do much to their line as they have confidence their current group can get the job done. Sullivan backs these claims, saying he has seen improvement from the line through training camp so far.
"We have seen a lot of progress, especially being in pads, especially having one game to take a look at where you can draw it up on the board, talk about it in meetings, be out in the shorts, but until you see the type of fits and the type of finish," Sullivan said. "We are not where we want to be, but we are headed in the right direction with regard to those things, and I have seen soe flashes of the type of offensive line performances that we are going to want to have and we are pleased with where we are headed right now."
The biggest question mark for Sullivan's line is LT Ereck Flowers, who many believe needs to have a good year if he wants to stay with the Giants in the future. During the Giants' first preseason game against the Steelers, Sullivan saw on film exactly the improvements they are looking for from their former first round pick.
"There was one particular play where we were on the 10-12 yard line going in to score," Sullivan explained, "and there was 1-on-1 pass protection and he had great initial quickness, his hand placement, he reacted to the second reaction of the defender and it was a legitimate good play. It was what we want."
"He has shown better finish, he has shown better sustain and strain of his blocks, and I think all of the offensive line is determined."
The offensive line will get a real test when the Giants play three games in 11 days. It starts with the Cleveland Browns on August 21.