NY Giants 'best kept secret' is a player fans have high hopes for

Giants fans should be optimistic about this FA signing
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders guard Jermaine Eluemunor (72)
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Las Vegas Raiders guard Jermaine Eluemunor (72) / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

As OTAs continue to proceed for the NY Giants, Brian Daboll and his assistants are getting a better feel with both new and returning players. In the meantime, Big Blue supporters are watching closely while the team looks to address last season’s shortcomings.

Giants fans lauded several additions to the roster that general manager Joe Schoen made during the offseason. However, one free agent signing has caught the eye of Bleacher Report’s Matt Holder. He considers OL Jermaine Eluemenor NY’s “best-kept secret,” which should come as no surprise to those who initially praised the front office for landing him.

Bleacher Report has high hopes for new NY Giants OL Jermaine Eluemunor

"With other offensive linemen signing $20-plus million per year contracts this spring, the Giants got excellent value for Eluemunor, who inked a two-year, $14 million deal. That will help stabilize the offense's pass protection issues seeing as the former Raider surrendered fewer than 30 pressures in each of the last two seasons, per PFF. The 29-year-old also has the versatility to line up at guard or tackle and has been taking snaps on the inside during the early stages of New York's OTAs, according to the New York Daily News, adding even more value to the team."

Matt Holden of Bleacher Report

There are many Giants that people in the fanbase consider underrated, yet Eluemunor claimed the top spot on this list. After spending three years in Las Vegas with the Raiders, the versatile lineman made his way to East Rutherford. He and fellow free-agent addition Jon Runyan Jr. are expected to man the guard positions in 2024. 

Not only does Eluemunor offer tremendous upside for the OL room, but he did not come at a steep price, either. His two-year, $14 million deal should be considered a steal for someone who will instantly enter the starting lineup. The veteran will provide needed experience to the young group of Giants in the trenches.

Holder noted that the 29-year-old OL allowed fewer than 30 pressures in each of the past two campaigns despite playing all 17 games. Last year, he committed five penalties and allowed six sacks across 905 snaps. He was arguably the Raiders' best OL on the front five, and he should give the Giants versatility given his experience on the outside during his career.

Fans are excited to watch the revamped Giants OL in 2024, and for good reason. Eluemunor should excel in pass protection to protect Daniel Jones, while creating gaps in the run game. At such a cheap price tag, he could wind up being the most effective signing Schoen made in free agency this offseason.