According to Pro Football Focus, the overall unit graded out at -58.6 in pass blocking and -22.9 in run blocking. In fact, every single lineman concluded the season with a negative pass block grade. A seemingly endless chain of injuries resulted in a myriad of different bodies and necessitated positional rotations along the line.
Rookie right tackle Justin Pugh was the lone consistent bright spot. After a rough transition in the opening handful of weeks, Pugh displayed a proficiency for sealing the edge and the agility to get up field. He committed only three penalties all season.
David Diehl and Will Beatty were two of the worst pass blockers in the league at their respective positions, combining for -34.3. Beatty was a stabilizing force in the run blocking effort — Diehl was not. The Giants are hopeful Beatty will be healthy for the start of 2014, while Diehl is all set to retire.
Through nine weeks Kevin Boothe had put together a more or less neutral year at his familiar left guard position. When injury struck replacement center Jim Cordle, the Cornell grad got the call. Naturally, he was very far from his “A” game, but given the circumstances he showed himself quite nicely. The Giants will have a tough offseason decision on the 31-year old to be.