The New York Giants have a few things they need to do in order to improve next season, but the biggest need they need to address is the offensive line. The Giants offensive line was one of the worst in the league this season, and they did a terrible job of protecting Eli Manning this year. Some of those interceptions are on Manning, but some of them are also on the offensive line’s inability to effectively pass protect. It’s no secret that the line is old and incompetent, and it’s time to add some new pieces, especially on the inside. Manning wasn’t the only one negatively affected by poor blocking up front, as the Giants running backs found it very difficult to find running lanes.
Giants star left tackle Will Beatty was a priority to keep last offseason, and he is usually a very good tackle for the Giants and one of their most important players. Their best offensive lineman, however, didn’t have a banner year in 2013, and his season ended with a broken leg in the team’s Week 17 win over the Washington Redskins. We don’t know how severe the break/fracture is, but Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reports that the Giants expect him to be back before Week 1 of next season.
Veteran running back Brandon Jacobs had some more nagging injuries this season, and he missed a number of games with hamstring and knee injuries. But in the seven games that he did play, Jacobs was actually solid and did a nice job of gutting out some runs with his incredible power. He finished with a respectable 4.1 yards per carry that looks even better when you take into account the poor blocking in front of him.
However, Jacobs, who will turn 32 before the 2013 season, will need to rehab for four months after a significant knee procedure, and the status of his career is up-in-the-air. It’s unclear if Jacobs will still have anything left in the tank, but the injuries he’s suffered this year paint a bleak future for him.
Still, there could still be a spot for him if he’s healthy and willing to play, and Jacobs has made it clear that he is unwilling to play for any other team besides the Giants. He said, “I will only play here. Screw all them other teams. I’m a Giant.”
Yet another reason why Brandon Jacobs is awesome.