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The offensive line has been a bone of contention for Giant fans and pundits alike the past few seasons. There are perceptions and misconceptions about the line, about how it's the worst in the game and the major priority again this offseason.

Providing on whose opinion you value the offensive line is still a priority. Others believe that fixing the defense is a more pressing need. Both camps are right.

The truth is, the offensive line has been getting piecemeal fixes the past two offseasons. In 2013, the Giants selected Justin Pugh in the first round of the draft. Last season, they spent a second round selection on Weston Richburg. They also added Geoff Schwartz, one of the league's top run-blocking linemen.

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The revered football statistics website Pro Football Focus rates the New York Giants' offensive line as the third-best in the NFL through the first five games of the 2014 season.

They are 2nd in pass blocking, 4th in run blocking and 3rd in penalties drawn. This is perhaps the most fascinating development of the Giants' season thus far.

No one saw this coming. Not even the Giants. No way they could have figured they'd get this kind of production from this group.

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There was only one way the Giants were going to get any traction this season on offense. The offensive line would have to start playing better. It looks like the unit we've been beating up all summer is starting to come together.

Pro Football Focus, the statistical bottom-line website, gave the Giants' offensive line high grades for their performance vs Houston on Sunday.

[sny-box]Offensive Line, +7.2 run blocking

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We've stated our case for the offensive line not being as bad as the current public perception of them, which is awful. We'll admit, they aren't very good on paper, but we're willing to give them the benefit the doubt until they live up - or down - to their billing.

An injury to the group's most prestigious player - LG Geoff Schwartz - has left them even more vulnerable. The current starting line has one rookie (Weston Richburg), one second-year player (Justin Pugh) and three veteran players (Will Beatty, Brandon Mosley and JD Walton) who are still trying to gel as a unit.

As the Giants' attempt to get their new offense off the ground, the unit will be under the microscope as they line up to face some of the league's top defensive lines. The Giants were able to run the football with relative authority in the preseason, but the pass protection has been spotty.

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Wow. Talk about talking heads not doing their homework or due diligence. All I'm hearing these days is how bad the Giants' offensive line is. Ridiculous.

Last year, the Giants' offensive line was depleted and hobbled by injuries. David Baas was finished. So was Chris Snee. David Diehl was on his way out, too. To add to the misery, LT Will Beatty had a rough season and RT Justin Pugh was just a rookie trying to stay afloat.

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The growing concern in Giants' camp these days is -- guess what? -- the health and depth along the offensive line. With LG Geoff Schwartz in Carolina having his toe examined, Will Beatty (leg) getting slowly integrated back into the LT spot and back ailments to Brandon Mosley and James Brewer, the Blue is in a quandary with few viable options to turn to as they approach their final preseason game this Thursday.

Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if more bodies were the answer to the problem. His response emphasized quality over quantity.

"I don?t know if it?s bodies," said Coughlin. "We need the guys that we have back. We are not going to find any new people anywhere, I don?t think."

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Change has come to the Giants and nowhere is it more evident than along the offensive line. They opened last season with: Kevin Boothe at center (in place of David Baas), James Brewer in Boothe's LG spot, Chris Snee at RG, Will Beatty at LT and rookie Justin Pugh at RT.

Currently, only Pugh remains in his rightful spot from Week One of 2013. Since then, Baas was released, Boothe signed with Oakland, Snee retired, Beatty broke his leg and Brewer's name is not being bandied about with the 'ones' any longer.

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With Chris Snee retiring, Will Beatty recovering from a broken leg and a new center yet TBD, the Giants' offensive line is in transition. But are they 'in trouble'?

Perhaps, but GM Jerry Reese has planned well this past offseason in case the worst case scenario came to pass.

Their two constants are solid ones: RT Justin Pugh and LG Geoff Schwartz. The other three positions will be filled this summer.

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Minicamp is over and the Giants are not scheduled to reconvene until a month from tomorrow, when they open their training camp here at QDTC.

What have we learned thus far about this team, which underwent an overhaul and facelift this offseason? Was it enough?

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STORRS, Conn. --When UConn offensive line coach Mike Foley wants to show his young offensive line how he wants things done he takes a trip to the film room.

In the library, archives or whatever system the football program lies the answer to UConn's woes.

It wasn't that long ago that UConn used to dominate on the ground. An All-American season by Donald Brown was followed by having to 1,000 yard rushers in one season, followed by another All-American season by Jordan Todman.

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This week we've been talking offense line, the area where the Giants need to get some instant stability this offseason. We've canvassed our readers on what they would do to fix the situation (we'll print some of those suggestions in another post) but first I would like to address a few quick questions.

How serious is the Giants' offensive line situation?

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The biggest peeve of Giant fans these days is the deterioration of the offensive line. Success on offense begins and ends with the ability to get the defense blocked.

It wasn't so long ago when the Giants did that better than any team n the league. What do they need to do to get back to that level? Send us your suggestions below...

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Every offseason, teams attempt to address their areas of weakness from the previous season. Sounds pretty simple right?

Well, for the 2014 New York Football Giants, there are so many weaknesses that the team may have to pick and choose which areas to address.

Recently-retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride commented on the shuffling of the offensive line this season and how it negatively affected what Eli Manning was able to do.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says his offensive line ? as well as his entire offensive unit ? has been hard at work this week.

But that doesn?t automatically mean the Giants? offense will show up Sunday in Kansas City against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs? defense so far has only allowed 34 points in its three games this season ? second to only the Seattle Seahawks (27).

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It's looking more and more like G Chris Snee (hip) and C David Baas (neck) won't play this weekend in Kansas City. David Diehl (thumb) just began practicing lightly this week, so he's probably not ready, either, but he may have to be.

That means the Giants will have two backups in starting roles (James Brewer, Jim Cordle) and only one in reserve (Brandon Mosley) to fend off the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, who currently lead the NFL in sacks.

How do you get them ready for such a challenge?

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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.

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Players expected to participate: David Diehl, Kevin Boothe, Will Beatty, James Brewer, Bryant Browning, Selvish Capers, Chris DeGeare, Jim Cordle, Stephen Goodin, Eric Herman, Michael Jasper, Matt McCants, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh Not expected to participate in team drills: Chris Snee (hip), David Baas (elbow)

Overview: The Giants have all of their key contributors from 2o12 returning with the exception of T Sean Locklear. The unit allowed the least amount of sacks in the league last season but that statistic is somewhat misleading. QB Eli Manning was under constant pressure and ended up avoiding sacks by using a quicker delivery, reading blitzes, checking down as well as throwing the ball away when in trouble. ?The run game was greatly improved from previous season. ?The Giants were seventh in the NFL averaging 4.6 YPC in 2012 as opposed to their league-worst 3.5 in 2011.

The team walked out of the draft room with two potential future starters in top pick Justin Pugh and seventh rounder Eric Herman. Both are still getting acclimated. No one will really know their capabilities until the pads are strapped on.

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Starting RG Chris Snee did not participate in yesterday's OTA at TPC. He is still rehabbing from offseason hip surgery and probably won't do a whole lot before training camp. But he can watch, and he can help the new offensive lineman the Giants are bringing into camp this summer.

The Giants' top pick, Justin Pugh and seventh-rounder Eric Herman are the two players the Giants hope can bolster their aging, sagging offensive line. Snee knows they will be leaning on him for counsel and some pointers.

"The time's come and we're certainly not getting any younger," Snee told reporters yesterday. "From what I've seen and heard, this kid (Pugh) is a good guy who will fit in our locker and meeting room well. He's a hard worker. He doesn't know it, but I've been sitting back kind of watching him.? He works and so does the other guy. Herman works hard, too. Those are guys we'd like to have around here."

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After the loss of Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore and not much depth to speak of on the offensive line, the Jets finished Day Two of the draft with the first of a series of offensive line picks that extended into Day Three. ?by kicking it off with Kent State's Brian Winters.

There were whispers that the Jets were looking to upgrade their line and that the Peterman signing was contingent on not drafting a guard in the first two rounds. ?So while there's now a number of draftees and veterans that Winters will compete against, he's a player that the team feels confident can contribute to the team early on in the process.

So, Who Exactly Is He?

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What unit stood out last year as the one that needs the most improvement this offseason? It was the Giants? secondary, right?

Countless times, the Giants gave up huge plays in the secondary, especially on third down, which kept the opposing offense on the field.

Big Blue was near the top of the league in giving up passing plays of more than 20 yards. Stevie Brown had a breakout season, but that was pretty much all the positive recognition this unit received.

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Unlike years past, the 2012 Giants offensive live experienced a great deal of shuffling.

For the most part as a unit, the line did a good job of protecting Eli Manning. But the performance against the Atlanta Falcons in the 34-0 loss unfortunately cast a shadow over the line?s normally consistent production.

The problem right now the Giants are facing is that the veteran linemen are getting older but are making a ton of money. David Diehl, Chris Snee and David Baas may all be asked to take pay cuts. It would not be a surprise if the Giants chose to move on from Diehl altogether.

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Before the season began, experts predicted that Giants' QB Eli Manning would be in for a long year. Based on the physical punishment he took down the stretch last season and no major changes made to the offensive line, many felt he would be in deep trouble.

Well, here we are in Week 7 and not only is Eli fit as a fiddle, the line is playing better than it has is several seasons. Manning has been sacked a league-low four times, and that includes games vs the Eagles and 49ers who usually make Eli's life miserable.

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Connecticut's Lyle McCombs (43) is tackled by North Carolina State's Thomas Teal, right, as North Carolina State's Dontae Johnson looks on during the first half of their football game in East Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

BY JOHN F. SILVER

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Left tackle Jimmy Bennett usually is one of the fastest guys to dress in the locker room after the game.

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As the Giants prepare to defend their Super Bowl crown, there are questions up and down their roster that need to be answered. That could be said every summer, but this year more than ever. The main unit of concern in my eyes is the offensive line.

I think the Giants realize this as well. ?The unit, which once was the steadiest in the league, is now in danger of imperiling the club's immediate future. Gone are Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie. In are David Baas, Kevin Boothe and Will Beatty.

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This is for those who believe the Giants will be revamping their offensive line this spring. Some blogs have the Giants signing free agents while others are projecting the Giants will be drafting a lineman with one - or more - of their top selections in the draft.

The reality is the Giants have plans in place. GM Jerry Reese plans through the draft. Will Beatty, Mitch Petrus and James Brewer are all in those plans. The team will give them a lot of latitude in proving their worth.

Add that to the fact that four other linemen: David Diehl, Chris Snee, David Baas and Kevin Boothe are going nowhere and you have seven players that are already on the roster. There is room for only two more OL, tops.

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The D-line carried the Giants on their miraculous playoff run and even if they trade Osi they will be the best in the division.

Marvin Austin will return in 2012 to add a pass rusher at DT to go along with JPP & Tuck at DE. Canty is a great leader that adds a good veteran to the mix. Hard to upgrade this group, but I?m sure Jerry Reese will try.

The Giants? O-Line really came through in the playoffs and Kevin Boothe was a great addition along the interior of their line. The Giants could add a bit more youth to the group but McKenzie, Snee, and Diehl are all still playing at a high level.

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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.

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Many have speculated about how the Falcons, and specifically quarterback Matt Ryan, will perform after leaving the warmth of their dome and heading up north to MetLife Stadium. After taking a deeper look, I found a statistical anomaly that could play into the Giants' hands.

First, I looked at Ryan's passing statistics, and was surprised to find that he actually has a higher QB rating outdoors (94.2) than indoors (91.1).? His completion percentage is nearly identical in both settings, but his yards per attempt is considerably higher outdoors (7.75) than indoors (7.18).? His touchdown to interception ratio is 3:1 outdoors, and roughly 2:1 indoors.? So Matt Ryan is a better quarterback outdoors, right? Case closed. Everything?s wrapped up in a neat little package.

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Giants' OL coach Pat Flaherty is one of the best in the business. The Giants are consistently at the top of the league in rushing yards and last year allowed the least amount of QB sacks. He visited with FOX Sports' Brian Billick to talk strategy this week....

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=db4b377c-ba45-415c-b238-dec8004ed528" target="_new" title="">Billick 101: Giants' Power</a>

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For years, the Giants lined up the same five guys at offensive line: Shaun O'Hara at center, Rich Seubert and Chris Snee at guard and David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie out at tackle.

They played an NFL post-merger record 38 consecutive games together between 2007-2009 and have been widely considered one of the best groups in modern NFL history.

This summer, O'Hara and Seubert finally succumbed to the many injuries they suffered over the years. The Giants released them in the first 36 hours of training camp. To fill the void, they made an internal shift, moving Diehl inside to guard allowing Will Beatty to finally take over at tackle. Then they imported free agent center David Baas from San Francisco.

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With the NY Giants offensive line in need of some help, big blue signed OT Stacey Andrews.? Yes, the brother of Shawn Andrews who the Giants cut last week.? If you want to find some similarities to the every prospering Philadelphia Eagles and your New York Giants...The Eagles had both brothers in Eagles green at one time in 2009.? That experiment did not work.

Only two quick seasons later...Shawn Andrews the 3x Pro Bowler has been cut by the Giants and Stacey Andrews who had been traded from Philadelphia to Seattle has been let go only to resurface as a New York Giant.

Confused?? Me too.

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As we pay all of this attention (and rightfully so) to free agents?Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield,?Kevin Boss, and others, including Osi Umenyiora who is not a free agent but has some issues with his contract, let's not forget about the offensive line. And though the Giants'?linemen are signed, there's money, age, and injuries to contend with going forward. Will the salary cap come into play and force the Giants to make some decisions about the offensive line? At the very least, it should all make for a very interesting training camp.

The?Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano?examines what the offensive line may look like:?

The Giants' medical staff will have to do quick evaluations of 34-year-old center Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles) and 32-year-old guard Rich Seubert (knee) and decide if it's worth spending $3.45 million and $2.25 million on them respectively in 2011 salaries. They already are expected to part ways with tackle Shawn Andrews (who has back issues and is due $7.5 million in salaries and bonuses in 2011), and with RT Kareem McKenzie due $4.3 million, they might have a decision to make on him, too.

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For the past 17 years the Giants organization has one major constant...a defensive end that was going to play the run or the pass with a ferocity that NFL teams would have to game plan around that player.

Until former Dallas Cowboys Offensive tackle Flozell Adams stuck his leg out and tripped NY Giants Defensive End, Justin Tuck in September of 2009.? That "bush league" play by Adams cost Justin Tuck more than a shoulder injury...it cost Tuck a season of mediocre play.

A year later a healthy Justin Tuck is back and showcasing to the NFL why he is a dominant player.

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At left tackle, David Diehl's job is to stop some of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He's already gone up against Dwight Freeney and Julius Peppers, with Mario Williams coming up this Sunday when the Giants play the Texans. Later on this year it will be DeMarcus Ware (twice) and Jared Allen. In the New York Post yesterday, Diehl said he embraces these opportunities to face off against the league's best.

"This is my job. This is what I do every week," Diehl said. "It's awesome. That's why you play the game. You study the game and you prepare so you just go out there and fight and do whatever it takes and let 'em know he's going to be in for a fight."

It hasn't been easy for Diehl so far this year, and things won't get any easier. From the New York Post:

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Rich Seubert came to camp this summer a marked man.? First the Giants drafted a younger version of him in Arkansas' Mitch Petrus.? Then he's had to deal with the coaches; plan to insert second-year lineman Will Beatty at tackle and shift David Diehl over to guard, which would send him to the bench.

He hasn't been able to make his case to stay in the starting lineup because he broke his hand a few weeks ago, causing him to miss the first two preseason games

Always good for a dose of honesty, Seubert talked to reporters this morning....

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The Giants have signed former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Andrews has had serious back problems and has not played in a game since 2008.

To make room on the roster, the team parted ways with OL Cliff Louis - again.

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Giants' offensive line coach Pat Flaherty is entering his seventh season with the club. Last year, was the first time during his tenure that the Giants' running attack did not produce a 1,000-yard rusher. He intends to get back on that successful track this season, but some early injuries here at camp are slowing that initiative down.

Yesterday, Flaherty was available to reporters.

Here the the transcript courtesy of the Giants....

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O'HARA READY FOR REBOUND SEASON

Only two years ago, the Giants' offensive line was considered to be one of the best lines in the league. Last year, like so many other story lines with this team, the unit, marred by injuries, suffered a setback. For the first time since 2001, the Giants failed to produce a 1,000 yard rusher.

Now, Shaun O'Hara, Dave Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Chris Snee, and Rich?Seubert are ready to prove that they have something left in the tank. The average age of the group?will be?30.6 this season.?

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Yeah, we took the easy way out. Instead of placing each individual lineman on this list, we are grouping them as one indispensable unit. And while this may seem insulting to each individual lineman, it just drives home the fact that an offensive line is about five men working together as one. Or as one of the bearded Patriots linemen once said (I don?t remember which one) ?we're five knuckles on a fist.? Although Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward get all the credit for leading the NFL in rush yards and for recording 1,000 yard seasons, the O-line is as responsible for these feats as anyone.

If any one of the Giants? starting linemen has to miss an extended period of time, the drop off in talent from starter to backup will be drastic, especially now that Grey Ruegamer is no longer with the team. Opposing defenses will make sure to target the weakness on the line caused by the injured starter and the Giants offense will suffer; when Kevin Boothe replaced the injured Kareem McKenzie last season, the results were not pretty. Second round pick William Beatty should turn into an excellent lineman one day, and may be an upgrade at backup O-line right now. But the fact remains that if he, or any other backup offensive lineman is forced into action, the Giants offense will be playing with a serious handicap.

Of course, one member of the offensive line may be more valuable than another. For instance, Chris Snee is the most talented athlete, while David Diehl plays the most important position, and Shaun O?Hara is the glue that holds the unit together. Kareem McKenzie and Rich Seubert are no slouches either. But the point is that five talented offensive linemen does not necessarily equal a great offensive line. More than any other position, the offensive line must develop chemistry through familiarity and teamwork in order to protect the quarterback and establish the running game. This unit has taken years to develop, but it has finally blossomed into one of the team?s greatest strengths. Removing any one of the starting five would not just make the line weaker in one spot; it would have a trickle-down effect, weakening the entire line. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

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