The New York Giants look to have all the ingredients for a potent offense as they prepare for the 2015 NFL season. Or, they did up until about one week ago.
With Eli Manning showing signs of improvement, Odell Beckham Jr. all set for stardom, and a returning Victor Cruz all was looking rosy at MetLife Stadium.
That was before the injury to staring offensive lineman Will Beatty who was ruled out for five months with a torn pectoral muscle. The injury has forced Tom Coughlin to search for a replacement, and he might just have found one in the shape of a four-time Pro Bowler.
According to ESPN's Dan Granziano, the Giants brought in four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long for a visit yesterday.
Long's recent NFL career has been ravaged by injury, the former first overall pick has seen his last two campaigns (as a St. Louis Ram) cut short by consecutive ACL tears in his right knee.
As a result the Rams released him following the 2014 campaign and, after failing to find a new team over the past few months, it looks like the Giants are considering taking a punt on the talented 30-year-old.
Without Beatty starting at left tackle Eli Manning has lost some key protection for at least the early stages of the upcoming season and, with such a potent offensive depth chart, the Giants clearly aren't ready to place all their trust in rookie first round pick Ereck Flowers.
If Long can prove his fitness and show any signs of the form that saw him make the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons in the league then there is no downside to taking a gamble on such an experienced veteran.
The Giants, like Jake Long, will be hoping for a much happier time of things in 2015.
While the emergence of Odell Beckham got fans of the franchise excited it still doesn't hide the fact that the team ended the 2014 season with a 6-10 record that included a seven game losing streak.
Coughlin will be under pressure to at least reach the playoffs next season, but with the Cowboys and Eagles to contend with as divisional rivals that is by no means a guarantee.
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