New York Giants offseason signing Geoff Schwartz was expected to come in and immediately be a massive upgrade at the left guard position, as the Giants interior was terrible last season in pass protection and run blocking due to injuries, poor depth, and just general ineffectiveness. Now with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams set to run between the tackles and a quicker passing offense for Eli Manning, the Giants offensive line still has plenty of pressure to perform. It’s critical for the interior to generate push, which was something they struggled with mightily last season.
The Giants will have to overcome a huge injury for a significant chunk of the season, as Schwartz will be out for at least six weeks with a toe injury. The NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reports that Schwartz could be placed on the short-term injured reserve in order to clear a spot on the roster. He would be able to return in Week 9, so the Giants have to weigh the benefits of potentially having Schwartz for a couple of games versus resting him for a bit longer and having an extra spot on the roster.
If the Giants were sure-fire playoff contenders like the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks (referencing Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin take-it-slow situations last year), then they would definitely be in a position to short-term IR him without any worries. You can, of course, only use this label once, but Schwartz is definitely good enough and important enough to deserve this tag. We’ll see exactly what the Giants do, and it’s a reminder of just how difficult it is to juggle key injuries and make roster decisions.