Giants replace O'Hara with David Baas

July, 27, 2011
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One day after telling longtime starting center Shaun O'Hara that he'll be released, the Giants have come to terms on a new contract with free-agent center/guard David Baas, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. The Sacramento Bee was the first to report the agreement, and while there are a number of ways the Giants (who cut three offensive linemen Tuesday) could use Baas, the most likely spot for him is as their new starting center.

Here's the Insider scouting report on Baas from our free-agent tracker:
He is a thick wide body with above average initial quickness and adequate agility and body control. He is more of a mauler and brawler than finesse type of blocker, but can dominate opponents once he gets his hands on them. He is not a natural knee bender but will bring his feet with him to sustain blocks and has the kind of temperament and effort that allows him to finish most blocks off. He has come a long ways when it comes to understanding angles and techniques which allow him to sustain blocks better than when he used to rely on strength alone. He does a good job of sinking his hips to hunker down and stop the bull rush and will win most strength contests.

So there you have it, Giants fans. You wondered who would replace O'Hara and you didn't have to wait long to find out. Offensive line will be a story in Giants training camp, because this won't be the last new face they add. If continuity and familiarity are keys to the success of a line, the Giants will have some work to do to establish some.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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