Giants roster preview: Offensive line

July, 4, 2014
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Each day this week, and then the week of July 14, we are taking a position-by-position look at the New York Giants' roster heading into training camp. Today, we take a look at the offensive line, which was the unit most responsible for the 2013 collapse and an area they hope they've improved this offseason.

Projected starters: LT Will Beatty, LG Geoff Schwartz, C J.D. Walton, RG Chris Snee, RT Justin Pugh

[+] EnlargeChris Snee
Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesThe Giants hope Chris Snee can hold up for another season at guard at age 32.
Projected backups: OT Charles Brown, G John Jerry, G Brandon Mosley, C Weston Richburg

Other candidates for roster spots: T/G James Brewer, G Eric Herman, C Dallas Reynolds, T Jamaal Johnson-Webb, T Rogers Gaines, T Troy Kropog, T DeMarcus Love

Schwartz and Pugh are the most solid-looking guys in their spots at this point, assuming health for both. Walton will compete with rookie second-round pick Richburg for the starting center spot, and that could absolutely go either way. The Giants won't be afraid to start Richburg at center if they think he's ready, but they also don't rush rookies if they're not ready just because they were high picks.

They are hoping Snee can hold up physically and play right guard all year, but they won't know that until it happens. They're hoping Beatty can recover from his broken leg in time for training camp and certainly the start of the season, but they can't be sure that will be the case until they see it, either. And even if healthy, Beatty will have a lot of work to do to bounce back from his disappointing 2013 campaign. Jerry and Brown are the respective backup candidates at those spots, but Jerry missed a lot of spring practice time with a knee injury and could also face a league-imposed suspension as a result of his involvement in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal from last year. Mosley is a guy they like as a backup guard, and he could move up the depth chart quickly if there are injury issues ahead of him.

I keep thinking the Giants will take 10 offensive linemen, but that's going to force tough choices elsewhere, so it's possible it could be nine if everyone's healthy. Brewer has been around a while and played a lot of different positions for the Giants, but he hasn't done very well with the chances he's had. Herman is still a young player they'll look to hold on to if they can. Reynolds is a veteran who helps as a backup at center and guard, but with Richburg and Walton both on the roster, he could be expendable.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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