Here is the NY Giants projected starting offense
NY Giants Starting Offensive Line:
Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, and Nate Solder
This is the most uncertain group on the NY Giants’ offense.
The Giants appear to be far more confident in their starting line than most outsiders are. As of right now, Andrew Thomas, Will Hernandez, and Nick Gates look set to take back their starting spots from last year.
Besides those three, there should be some competition at both left guard and right tackle. Shane Lemieux appears to be okay after getting hurt in practice Thursday. If so, he will likely return to his starting spot at left guard.
The starting right tackle spot is a bit more uncertain right now. Matt Peart has been dealing with an ailing back problem for months going back to April. It’s an under-the-radar storyline that is the reason Peart ended up on PUP to start Training Camp. If he isn’t ready to go, it will likely be Nate Solder’s time to claim the right tackle gig.
Solder hasn’t played any right tackle since 2011, his rookie year. He was a solid, sound right tackle but that was obviously a decade ago. After opting out last season due to COVID-19, Solder could be fresh and rejuvenated with better play.
The NY Giants starting five upfront may be their most important position group this entire year. So many games have gotten out of hand and/or ugly early and often due to the line’s inability to block on passing or rushing downs. The group will be scrutinized and intensely followed until tangible results start showing up on the football field.