NY Giants quietly added 2 fantastic pieces for the offensive line

These moves flew under the radar for Joe Schoen

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The first day of free agency was a frenzy. Blink and you might have missed a move or two. In the case of the NY Giants, countless people were focused on Saquon Barkley, Xavier McKinney, Brian Burns and Devin Singletary. However, two moves flew a bit under the radar for most.

We're of course talking about the additions of offensive guard Jon Runyan Jr. on a three-year deal and offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor on a two-year contract. Runyan will claim the starting left guard spot, while Eluemunor is the swing tackle this team has been needing. Could he push Evan Neal for the job at right tackle?

Joe Schoen is already improving the Giants offensive line

After the Giants hosses up front gave up 85 sacks in 2023, the second most ever for a single season, you knew general manager Joe Schoen was going to work to clean things up. Unfortunately, Robert Hunt, Mike Onwenu and Jonah Jackson ended up elsewhere.

However, don't sleep on the additions of Runyan and Eluemunor. Runyan was quite solid for the Packers on the interior of their offensive line and he was also durable. Over the past three seasons, the 6-4, 305-pounder started 50 of 51 games for the Packers.

As for Eluemunor, he's quite versatile, with plenty of experience at guard and tackle. Checking in at 6-4, 330 pounds, he's quite the specimen. Eluemunor also has loads of experience, as he's getting ready for his eighth season in the league.

The former Raider is reunited with new Giants offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo too. With his versatility, he could take over at right guard for the Giants, or he could compete for the starting RT position. This would allow the Giants to move Neal to right guard, something people have been wanting for months now.

Did Schoen miss out on his top offensive line targets? Sure, but bringing in pass-rusher Burns on his $150 million contract is something people are still celebrating. Schoen clearly had a masterplan in mind and it could prove to be gold for the Giants once the season gets here.

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