If you look past the incredible story that inspired a book and a movie, you will find that Michael Oher is not a great football player. Oher, who was just released by the Tennessee Titans after signing a 4 year $20 million dollar contract last offseason, has failed to live up to his potential. The New York Giants should not sign Oher, despite needing help on the offensive line.
Oher was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. Oher was expected to be the Ravens’ next great left tackle, but instead found a permanent home as a right tackle. Many Ravens fans lost patience with Oher by his second season. Oher suffered many penalty calls against him, mostly false starts. Oher is almost paranoid to get a good jump off the line. He has struggled with edge rushers.
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The Ravens put little effort in keeping Oher last offseason. They opted to go with second year player, Ricky Wagner instead. Wagner was an instant upgrade at the right tackle position.
The Titans gave Oher a big contract. Oher ended the 2014 season on injured reserve as the Titans decided that would end his stay in Tennessee. The Titans quickly realized that Oher is spoiled goods.
It is easy to see why the Ravens selected Oher 23rd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He is a mammoth 6’4″ 315 lbs. man. He has the physical toolset to be incredible. While Oher had some solid moments with the Ravens, he never lived up to his potential.
He gets beat a lot because he is over thinking. There seems to be a disconnect between his lower body and his upper body. It is a mental problem, a shaken confidence that holds him back.
Oher should simply not be an option for the Giants. His best football is behind him and it was not all that great in the first place. The Giants should look elsewhere to fix their offensive line.