Day five of our camp preview focuses on the O-line.
Unit: Offensive line
Depth Chart: (C) Shaun O’Hara, Adam Koets, Jim Cordle. (G) Chris Snee, Rich Seubert, Kevin Boothe, Mitch Petrus, Rueben Riley, Dennis Landolt. (T) David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, William Beatty, Guy Whimper, Jacob Bender, Herb Taylor.
On the Bubble: Boothe (could be placed on PUP list), Whimper, Koets, Bender, Riley, Taylor, Cordle, Landolt.
Player to Watch: Beatty. The Giants want to see if their 6-6 second-round pick from a year ago is ready to start. Beatty will have every opportunity to earn a starting spot and if he does, there will be shifting on the front line.
Wild Card: Seubert. The crafty veteran has been put on notice by the Giants coaching staff and brass that he will have to fight to keep his job. Seubert, who was nagged by an injury much of last season, will not go down without a fight.
Analysis: The offensive line is eager to prove that last season was a fluke and not an indication of a unit on the decline. The veteran core of O’Hara, Diehl, Snee, Seubert and McKenzie is healthy again. The linemen believe that there is no need for a youth movement and that they can return to the form of two seasons ago when they were opening gaping holes for Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward.
However, the Giants want to inject youth into the lineup after failing to post a 1,000-yard rusher last year and Beatty will have a chance to start at tackle. If he plays well enough in camp to start, the Giants will move Diehl to guard and Seubert will become a reserve.
Boothe may start the season on the PUP list after tearing his pectoral muscle during the offseason. The Giants like Petrus, their fifth-round pick. It remains to be seen how many offensive linemen the Giants will keep at the end of camp.