The New York Giants have been contemplating placing star offensive guard Geoff Schwartz on the short-term injured reserve for several days now, and they started to take a long look at veteran backup Adam Snyder as an option to replenish the depth lost by Schwartz’s injury. Schwartz was expected to be out for half of the season with a nasty toe injury, and now he is guaranteed to be out until Week 9, as the Giants have officially placed him on the injured reserve with a designation to return.
This move, of course, comes after the Giants and Snyder have officially put pen to paper, signing a deal that was close to being completed last night. Today, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that the move would take place, though he wasn’t sure how it would affect Schwartz’s short-term IR status. Well, he’s been officially placed on there in a move corresponding to Snyder’s signing, so Snyder will effectively take his roster spot for the time being.
Snyder is a classic utility backup, because he is a very versatile OL that can play as a guard or tackle, but he’s not particularly good at any position on the line despite being able to play all of them. He lost out on a roster spot on the San Francisco 49ers to an undrafted free agent, and this will be his first season outside of the NFC West (spent every season since 2005 with the 49ers, except for an ill-fated 2012 campaign with the Arizona Cardinals).