Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/5/12
The New York Giants have always been known for having an outstanding offensive line in years past. Dating back from offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown to current offensive linemen Chris Snee.  As a unit, the Giants offensive line have opened holes for their running backs; which enabled the Giants to have a ball control team throughout their history which helped them win countless championships and 4 Super Bowls along the way.

All this changed last season, as the Giants offensive line endured countless injuries (despite winning the Super Bowl) and other players such as Dave Diehl and Kareem Mckenzie showed their age as the season unfolded.  Entering the NFL draft, the Giants addressed their lack of depth on the offensive line by drafting Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants and also signed FA Sean Locklear to help booster an aging group. Offensive Line Coach Flaherty has been very impressed with his new arrivals along with his cast of linemen from last season.

Dave Baasis entering his second season as the team’s center and is determined to play the entire season without injury. Baas added “Last season was a tough time for me as I couldn’t fully stay healthy at all throughout the season.’ Coach Flaherty and Head Coach Coughlin are very excited with the competition that will take place once training camp begins next month. Kevin Boothe started the last nine games of the 2011 championship season, but that doesn’t mean that his job is secure. Mitch Petrus will give him a run for his money and make their competition most likely the most intense among the offensive line.

Also, Dave Diehl will most likely be moved to right tackle and play alongside Chris Snee (RG) to form a solid offensive line on the right side. Brandon Mosley and James Brewer along with Locklear will have the opportunity to compete against Will Beatty, who has been hindered by back issues this off season and hasn’t been involved in any of the OTA’s.

“Until we can get everybody in camp, nothing is set in stone,” Flaherty said. “We’re a long ways away from that - a long ways. Maybe as long a way as we’ve been since I’ve been with the New York Giants, from getting everybody where we need them, to function and play.”

Flaherty is leaning on veterans such as Diehl, Baas, Locklear and Snee to lead by example for the younger linemen to prepare for the long season ahead.  Flaherty believes the younger players have the potential to excel in the NFL and is looking forward working with them at full speed once training camp begins...”

So keep a close eye on the young linemen like; Mosley, McCants, Brewer, and Petrus, as they will be expected to push last season starters such as Booth, Beatty and perhaps Diehl for more playing time. Regardless, the Giants are on the right road back to having a solid offensive line and have a balance offensive attack with the run and/or pass. With a blend of seasoned veterans and talented rookies, the Giants offensive line should be solid for years to come.

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