The Giants' offensive line is not opening enough holes for the running game this season and the offense has been sputtering along as a result. They also have lost the confidence of the coaches and the quarterback in pass-protection situations. That has led to a reluctance to throw the ball deep, which has hindered them even further.
They have tried to upgrade their offensive line the best they could, bringing in several high draft picks, but the unit is still not producing as a whole. Perhaps it time to employ some outside help.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that two veteran tackles -- San Francisco's Joe Staley and Cleveland's Joe Thomas -- could be available before the NFL's Nov 1 trade deadline.
"Staley, drafted in the same round (first) of the same draft (2007) as Thomas, has been tied to the same teams that have some degree of interest in Thomas: Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and, if the 49ers are willing to take whatever they can get, the Patriots," writes Florio.
"While the Browns would deal Thomas for a second-round pick, a source with knowledge of the dynamics tells PFT the 49ers are angling for a first-round pick from a contender for Staley, which likely would come late in the round."
The Giants currently have former first-round pick Ereck Flowers at left tackle, and former seventh-round pick Bobby Hart at right tackle. They are holding their own at the moment thanks to some workarounds but overall they are under-performing and the Giants, if they are to make any progress on offense this year.
Staley, 32, is a five-time Pro Bowler who would immediately step in as an upgrade to either one of those players. He is signed through 2019. Thomas, 31, is a nine-time Pro Bowler who also would serve as an upgrade. He is signed through 2018. Both players would be expensive, costing around $8 million or so in 2017.
I'm guessing the Giants won't attempt to trade for either one of these players because the price is too high. GM Jerry Reese covets his draft choices and it would take a miracle for him to part with such high draft picks. He is also committed to Flowers, who is still only 22 years old. But it would be hard to tell that to the fans who are shelling out big bucks for PSLs and other game day costs.