3 players the NY Giants should sign not named Odell Beckham Jr.
By Zak Musso
2. OL Daryl Williams
Entering training camp, it appeared as though the Giants had put together their best offensive line group in the last 10 years. As things stand, the Giants offensive line is in peril. Shane Lemieux, the projected starting left guard, has a toe injury that Brian Daboll said will likely force him to miss Week 1. His backups, rookie Josh Ezeudu and Ben Bredeson, have both dealt with injuries and are currently not practicing. The backup right guard, rookie Marcus McKethan, tore his ACL and will miss the 2022 season.
If the season began tomorrow, Devery Hamilton, who has never played in an NFL regular season game and is more of a natural offensive tackle, would start at left guard. No knock on Hamilton who has had a tremendous training camp, but the Giants should not be relying on a converted tackle to block for their quarterback.
Adding a veteran at the offensive line position is necessary, and Daryl Williams seems primed to be that guy. After being drafted in the fourth round in 2015, Williams played his first five seasons with the Carolina Panthers from 2015-2019, and was a second team All-Pro in 2017. In 2020, Willams signed with Buffalo, and was rewarded with an extension last offseason, but was cut this offseason as a cap casualty. Not looking to take a cheap deal, Williams has been patiently waiting for a solid contract this offseason. The Giants could be the team to give him that contract.
Williams has played left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle in his NFL career, which would give the Giants versatility, something the team desperately needs. By playing in Buffalo the last two seasons, Williams has familiarity with Daboll and Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, meaning he knows the offensive system and terminology, which could enable him to immediately slide in at left guard. As a veteran, missing training camp would not be the worst thing for Williams as he would enter the season with fresh legs. That could make the former All-Pro a force for defensive linemen to reckon with in 2022.