Unfortunately for the NY Giants and head man Brian Daboll, injuries have been a nightmare for this team up front. The offensive line hasn't been able to stay healthy, which in turn is making life quite difficult for quarterback Daniel Jones.
We saw just how rough things were in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers, with Andrew Thomas and Ben Bredeson both out due to injury. Shane Lemieux got the start at LG and that can never happen again. Ever. Luckily, his linemen are starting to get healthy and Daboll announced who he expects his starters to be for Monday Night Football:
Andrew Thomas and Ben Bredeson are both expected back for MNF in Week 4
From left to right, Coach Dabes expects to have Thomas, Bredeson, John Michael Schmitz, Marcus McKethan and Evan Neal line up to try and contain the Seattle pass-rush. While Mark Glowinski started Week 1, he was terrible vs. the Cowboys, leading to him getting benched.
When Bredeson was sidelined against the 49ers, a lot of people thought that Glowinski, normally a right guard, would fill in and start there. However, Daboll going with Lemieux in that spot shows how little faith he has in the veteran guard to get the job done. That's why McKethan has been able to step in.
Moving forward, the hosses need to keep on working on their chemistry together, as continuity is needed. It's up in the air if star running back Saquon Barkley (high-ankle sprain) will be able to play in this one or not.
If No. 26 does put on the pads vs. the Hawks, then the offensive line as a whole will need to bring its A-game to open up holes for Barkley, plus keep Jones on his feet. The line has been a work in progress for a while now, but Daboll has his five in mind for what's going to be a massive MNF battle.