I'm reading articles about major shakeups on the Giants' offensive line. You know, what free agents they're bringing in, who they should draft. Those type of things.
How about some reality? The Giants won't be making wholesale changes with their O-line this off-season.
They may bring in a veteran, or draft a project, but for the most part, their offensive line is going be comprised of the personnel already in house.
They drafted three lineman the past three years to take out their veterans when the time comes: Will Beatty, Mitch Petrus and James Brewer. The Giants also brought in a center - David Baas - to anchor their line. These players are all in the team's plans.
The veteran core of Chris Snee, David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie are still all workable parts. Kevin Boothe, the object of many a critic, is coming off a strong season in which he played multiple positions.
Snee and Diehl are coming back. So is Boothe. McKenzie is a free agent, who could be retained at the right price. By my count, that makes eight offensive lineman. Stacy Andrews, providing he's healthy, makes nine.
Twice, Jerry Reese has been called out about having Diehl at LT. Twice, the Giants won Super Bowls with Big Dave at LT.
Reese has also been questioned about Boothe's ability. Was I just seeing things or wasn't that Kevin Boothe taking on big, bad Vince Wilfork in last week's Super Bowl victory over New England. The holding penalty called on Boothe was a dubious one. Even Wilfork believed it was borderline.
The Giants love Boothe and Diehl's versatility. They have been in the fold for years and will continue to be.
Snee has been one of the game's best interior lineman and is signed through the 2014 season. Translation: he's going nowhere.
The team is high on Petrus. He will get more playing time. He is the one that adds physicality to the group. He's not going anywhere, either.
Beatty and Brewer are envisioned as the team's tackles of the future. Brewer is huge and has the footwork to become a fine pro. Although he did not dress this season, he has been under the tutelage of OL coach Pat Flaherty, one of the best in the business. Beatty is coming off eye surgery, but had he not been injured, he would have continued his stint as the team's starting LT.
Going against the Giants' world-class group of DEs in practice will only make them sharper.
The picture looks plainly clear to me. The Giants, unless they are bowled over by a rookie or a veteran stud falls into their lap, won't be shaking things up any time soon.