Entering the offseason, the New York Giants knew one of their major orders of business would be improving an offensive line that has been a weakness of the team for years.
In an effort to do that, general manager Dave Gettleman re-signed both Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley, and then acquired guard Kevin Zeitler as part of a deal that sent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns.
While the moves may not completely shore up the offensive line, head coach Pat Shurmur is pleased with the steps taken thus far.
“I think we are making progress, and I am really pleased with how they progressed at the end of last year,” Shurmur told reports at the NFL Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. “To this point, we added a really good player. We are going to continue to do that. I think we also shined a bright light on the fact that it starts up front and we are going to do what we can to address the offensive and defensive lines up front as we move forward.”
That “really good player” is Kevin Zeitler, who has already made a strong impressive with Shurmur because of his “old school” and “task oriented” nature.
“He is all about football,” Shurmur said. “He has that old school feel. He came in and visited me. He was wanting to know about iPads and making sure he got a lift in that day. ‘Oh by the way, can you direct me to a realtor so my wife can get going?’ He is very task-driven. He came in with four or five things he wanted from me. He is a really fine pass blocker and an outstanding run blocker. He will be a solid piece for us at that right guard spot.”
Zeitler’s old school mentality matches that of fellow guard, Will Hernandez, who is also an ultra focused player with a propensity for nastiness.
That, of course, is good news for the Giants, who are developing a very mean and 1980-ish interior offensive line.