The Giants signed OL Kevin Boothe to a one-year deal yesterday. Nothing to rejoice about, except for the fact the Giants will be bringing back all of their starters from 2012. Many fans and readers are jonesing for new blood on the o-line (and it's coming) so this move got a lukewarm reception.
The Boothe signing was more of a housekeeping move. It doesn't improve the line, just maintains it.?The line, which was dead last in rushing in the Giants' Super Bowl run of 2011, finished 14th overall in YPG (116.4) and seventh in YPC (4.6) last season. They also allowed a league-low 20 sacks. Not bad, but it there were times when they were manhandled. They need to more physical. From Jimmy Kempski:
In an ideal world, Boothe is a versatile backup, although a great one, who has proven he can be an effective starter in the NFL. But he?s also a player that you?re going to look to upgrade if you have the chance, and I don?t see this re-signing as a reason why the Giants shouldn?t look at the OL as an option for an early pick. If the season began today, the Giants? OL would look like this (age by the end of the season in parentheses):