Wtih O’hara Injured & Koets Out… Seubert, Snee & Booth Are Backups


Here is the official report via CBS Sports:

The Giants will activate OL Kevin Boothe (pectoral) off the PUP list, according to coach Tom Coughlin. Boothe and RG Chris Snee will provide depth at center behind OL Rich Seubert while C Shaun O’Hara (foot) recovers from injury. C Adam Koets (ACL) is likely done for the season.

And is some excitement among fellow NFC East bloggers that the Giants have some OL issues and are requiring several backups to step in to key situations mid-way through the season:

The Giants learned today that they have lost backup C Adam Koets for the season, due to a torn ACL he suffered in the Giants’ thrashing of Seattle yesterday.  While that may not seem like a huge setback, Koets is a quality backup on a team that has the 2nd oldest offensive line in the NFL.  Their starting center, Shaun O’Hara, has missed 5 games this season with a couple different foot injuries…

Having 3 players along your OL filling in at positions they’re not accustomed to playing is not ideal, by any stretch of the imagination.

But all I can say is that thank goodness for that Shawn Andrews signing.  If the Giants didn’t have that 2 time pro-bowler on the roster, Eli would have been sacked at least 4 times Sunday.   Andrews looks incredible all around…. opening running lanes, stopping the pass rush, picking up blitzes off the edge – the guy did EVERYTHING to help the Giants win that game both through the air and on the ground.

And while I agree that the Giants are now thin at OL, I’m not quite ready to panic. Hopefully O’hara can get better in the next couple of weeks – having the bye week where it was and him not playing these two game will be crucial for him to get back to the field.  Diehl — he was the most under-performing OL piece in the puzzle… but he did do a good job yesterday at guard.

Seubert is back to 2008 form — anything you want the guy to do as an interior lineman, he’s on it.  Great blocker, great center, excellent at pulling to the point of attack… just a tremendous year he’s having so far.

On the right side, Snee and McKenzie are holding it down.  I almost had a heart attack when he went out for a play or two — but I’m glad it was just his shoe blowing out.

So the Giants are dipping into their depth, but it’s not an emergency just yet.  Petrus and Booth are well rested, that’s how I’m looking at it.  And if Andrews plays LT again Sunday, that means they need a decent job done at LG and I think between the players the Giants have at their disposal – they will be fine for this game.

If anyone else goes down though… we’re in trouble.

  • John Herling

    There’s no reason why rookie center Jim Cordle couldn’t and shouldn’t be activated from the practice squad.