NY Giants: Rookie Offensive Linemen bode well for group’s future
“Depth at the Guard position”
Oregon G Shane Lemieux, 5th round (150th overall)
Shane Lemieux didn’t panned out as well as the Giants might have hoped when they took him in the fifth round. However, it is worth noting that he finished strong by limiting the amount of QB pressures on Daniel Jones.
In the 12 games he appeared in, Lemieux was only charged 1 penalty for a false start. This demonstrates that while he still needs time to develop at the guard position, he plays a clean guard position.
Initially starting under LG Will Hernandez, Big Blue’s fifth round pick would later take over the left guard position and start the final 9 games of the season. During this time, the former Oregon Duck showcased promising ability at the left guard position despite his struggle to help defend against the pass rush.
On another note, an honorable mention is owed to Nick Gates who filled the Center position almost seamlessly; playing in all 16 games and playing 100% of snaps at the position.
After playing a full season in 2019, starting at the right tackle and right guard positions, Gates earned a 2-year extension (signed prior to the start of the 2020 season) for his success and versatility moving across the line. Now it seems that he’s found a permanent spot at center and a high ceiling for even more success if the front office continues to bolster the O-line and add talent around him.
With each of these young players developing for the Giants, and another offseason to assist management’s rebuild, fans should expect their offensive line to continue to improve in 2021 and beyond.