Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 8/13/12

For years Eli Manning has been living in his big brother’s shadow, NOT ANYMORE!!  After dispatching the Patriots in Super Bowl 46, Peyton has been relegated to the second best “clutch” Manning in his own family.  Eli has the composure and coolness to flourish under stressful conditions.  The Giants were very close to not even qualifying for the playoffs but managed to squeak in and parlayed that “David vs. Goliath” attitude all the way to the pinnacle of football success.  The Giants rode their awesome Defense to wins over Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco and New England.  One of their weaknesses in the 2011 season was the Offensive Line, but in the clutch, the Line stepped up.  This year’s version of the Giants Offensive Line has only minor changes with Kareem McKenzie being released so David Diehl will shuffle over to Right Tackle, and Kevin Boothe steps in at Diehl’s position at Left Guard.  The 2012 lineup is as follows:  Left Tackle Will Beatty, Left Guard Kevin Boothe, Center David Baas, Right Guard Chris Snee and Right Tackle Dave Diehl.

Left Tackle Will Beatty was a 2nd round Draft Choice of the Giants in 2009.  He needs to stay healthy to help the New Yorkers be more effective running the ball.  He kicks out well and has good foot movement but can be pushed around though if he can’t get lower than the defensive player he is trying to contain.

 

Left Guard Kevin Boothe was selected in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Raiders.  He played only 1 year with the Raiders before being picked up by the Giants in in the 2007 season.  Boothe is extremely valuable as he only allowed 1 sack and had zero penalties in the 2011 season.  However, he tore a pectoral muscle during this offseason and is going to be someone to monitor as far as effectiveness goes.

 

Center David Baas was a 2nd round Draft Choice in 2005 of the San Francisco 49ers.  He remained with the Niners until the 2011 offseason where he was picked up as an unrestricted free agent by the Giants.  He is a lunch pail carrier who shows up to work everyday with grit and determination but has to work harder than the next guy due to limited physical skills.

 

Right Guard Chris Snee was a 2nd round Draft Choice of the Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft.  Snee is a 3 time Pro-Bowl selection and has been an integral part of the Giants two Championship runs.  He is currently one of the highest paid Offensive Linemen and consistently plays well enough to merit that honor.

 

Right Tackle David Diehl was a 5th round Draft Pick of the Giants in 2003.  He has the versatility to play any place on the Line except Center.  He is a bit light for a Tackle but has a certain degree of tenacity to his game.  He is a proverbial “heart” guy who has carved out a long career on less than excellent measurables.

 

Now to analyze the numbers…..

 

New York ranked 28th in the NFL in Total Run Blocking allowing the Running Backs to run for only 3.77 yards per carry which was way below the NFL average of 4.31.  They were stopped at/or behind the line 19% of their attempts which equaled the NFL average.  They achieved first downs on 3rd/4th down runs only 53% of their attempts which was well below the NFL average of 62%.  The Giants ran the ball 374 times in 2011 and had their least success running behind the ex-RT Kareem McKenzie as they only garnered an average of 3.50 yards per carry.  They were better when they ran outside of Will Beatty, the Left Tackle, as they achieved 4.03 yards per carry which again was well below the NFL average.  Without Brandon Jacobs who averaged only 3.76 yards per carry, the Giants will be expecting the duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and 2012 Draft Choice David Wilson to jump start the running game.  If the aging Offensive Line can’t be effective, don’t expect much from the RB’s in 2012.  From a Fantasy perspective, Ahmad Bradshaw is a decent RB2 but he won’t be a bell cow Back due to David Wilson who will surely vulture many carries.  Wilson is a weak RB2 but will be selected in almost all Fantasy Drafts.

 

The Giants ranked 6th in Pass Protection in 2011 allowing Eli Manning to be sacked on 5.1% of his dropbacks which is much better than the NFL average of 6.7%  The weak Offensive Line somehow provides Eli with time to make his reads most of the time.  Manning has good quality receiving options so that helps to lower his sackability quotient exponentially.  From a Fantasy perspective, Eli is a QB1 albeit not in the class with the “big three”.  Hakeem Nicks is a proven talent who is a WR1 as well as the Salsa dancer who came from relative oblivion, Victor Cruz.  Watch for Rueben Randle to excel, as he has impressed a pile of people in the offseason.  He might be worth a bench spot.  Martellus Bennett, who comes to the Giants from the division rival Cowboys will be counted on to grab the number 1 Tight End spot.  If he can keep his weight under control in 2012 he may have slight value but he should not be a starter for your Fantasy squad.  The Offensive Line has an average age which is approaching 30 with 38 years of combined experience, so expect changes soon.  If the O-Line can hold up in 2012, expect the Giants to make a run for the playoffs.

 

Statistics were graciously provided by www.footballoutsiders.com

 

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