As we approach training camp, the New York Giants have already begun evaluating their roster through means of OTAs. Cornerback Sam Beal has made headlines, newly acquired safety Jabrill Peppers picked up an interception off Eli Manning, but I want to focus more on the offensive line.
A unit that was decimated by inadequacy during the Jerry Reese-era has been overhauled completely. Just two years ago the line featured Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart as starting tackles and John Jerry at right guard. This upcoming season presents a different narrative.
Acquiring right guard Kevin Zeitler will provide a massive boost to the overall efficiency of the unit, and some might even believe he’s the most underrated player joining the team. I believe that its left guard, Will Hernandez. The 2018 rookie second-rounder played well as a starter, locking down the left side of the offensive front alongside Nate Solder.
I anticipate him making a big jump in 2019 to the next level of quality. Zeitler even advocated for the second-year guard, stating:
“Strong, very, very strong. He’s a good young guard. Even watching today, I think he can be special,” said Zeitler. “He wants to work, he wants to get better every day. I think that’s just the basis of someone who wants to be good in this league.”
Hernandez came from a troubled life — living in a cottage that he could barely fit in. Now, you can imagine the mansion he purchased for his family. He’s a classic rise from the ashes story, and he has a chip on his shoulder.
The young guard received praise from the No. 1 pass-protection guard in the NFL, and now he will be able to learn from him and gain essential knowledge that will help him develop significantly.
What does the New York Giants offensive line look like now?
Left tackle: Nate Solder
Left guard: Will Hernandez
Center: Jon Halapio/Spencer Pulley
Right guard: Kevin Zeitler
Right tackle: Mike Remmers/Chad Wheeler
If there’s anything GM Dave Gettleman has done well in two years with New York, it’s the complete rebuild of an offensive line that plagued Eli Manning for years.
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