Offensive Line “Help” On The Way?
In an attempt to add security and depth to the interior of their offensive front, the New York Giants are working towards signing versatile free agent guard Adam Snyder, Fox Sports 1 insider Mike Garafolo reports.
Giants working to sign OG Adam Snyder, formerly of the Niners, source says. Reps to be had with Geoff Schwartz sidelined.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2014
The 49ers released the nine-year veteran on Saturday after 85 snaps between LT, LG, RT and RG during the preseason. Pro Football Focus graded Snyder favorably at +1.8 in 21 run block snaps, but it wasn’t sufficient to overcome years of uninspiring performance. Snyder started four games for San Francisco in 2013 — weeks 12 through 15 — and he allowed 8 QB hurries from his left guard spot.
The Giants aren’t looking for lightning in a bottle here, but rather simply an experienced presence. With Geoff Schwartz sidelined, natural (albeit mobile) center Weston Richburg is being asked to inhabit LG from day one in the league. His backup is fringe NFL talent Dallas Reynolds, with little to no cavalry behind him.
If the Giants decide to add Snyder, a 53-man roster maneuver will be required. Could this move be transferring Schwartz to the short-term Injured Reserve? This would mean Schwartz couldn’t practice with the team for six weeks or return to game action for eight weeks…
Not exactly what the GMEN had in mind when they gave Schwartz $6.2 million in guaranteed money this offseason.