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When Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman elected to trade oft-injured pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, the initial shock was confusing. After seeing the return on the trade, I began to understand the premise behind the deal.
Gettleman traded away a player that was impacted when on the field, but the issue was just that. He spent enough time on the sidelines to justify a trade, allowing the Giants to upgrade the offensive line, specifically the right guard spot with Zeitler.
Vernon has missed 10 games in the last two seasons. Last year, he managed seven sacks, but Gettleman traded his defensive production for the No. 1 pass-blocking guard in the NFL.
The bottom line, the Giants now have an offensive line capable of protecting Eli Manning and opening up running lanes for Saquon Barkley. In addition to Zeitler, Mike Remmers was also brought in to replace Chad Wheeler at right tackle. It will be interesting to see how Manning operates with more time — if his efficiency increases and overall production sees a spike.
He’s been prone to consistent pressure over the past few years forcing him to check down to his running back, but giving him more time to work through his progressions should present the offense with more opportunity.
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