5 boom-or-bust NY Giants for the 2023 season

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2. Offensive lineman Ben Bredeson

The Giants took a chance on Ben Bredeson two seasons ago, deciding to trade for the former Michigan offensive lineman from the Baltimore Ravens. They hoped to unlock something in Bredeson, but it’s been nothing more than average play that they’ve received in return.

Luckily for Bredeson, his biggest competition in 2023 may be the aforementioned Shane Lemieux, who doesn’t seem to exactly hold the favor of the team’s coaching staff at the moment. While Bredeson provided some solid depth and at times has looked good, there’s been far too many occasions throughout his career where he’s been severely overmatched by defenders.

Over the offseason, Bredeson has worked at center, just in case the Giants needed some help there as Jon Feliciano moved on to the San Francisco 49ers. However, New York drafted center Jon Michael Schmitz out of Minnesota with a second-round pick during the 2023 NFL Draft, and he figures to be the starter from Day 1 at the position. 

Will Bredeson get a chance to prove his worth to the Giants in 2023? Yes, but it’s hard to have confidence in him sticking around for long, unless he truly unlocks something next campaign.