The Giants made a big splash within the first two hours of the free agency signing period. In what appears to be an active offseason roster overhaul, the Giants moved to shore up their offensive line by signing former Chiefs Guard Geoff Schwartz. It is presumed he will slide into the left guard spot, with veteran David Diehl returning for one more season at right guard.
Last season, the Giants, through age and injury had a cast of mostly one dimensional offensive lineman, either capable of run, or pass blocking. However, much like his former teammate Branden Albert's multiple blocking skills, Schwartz also provides the Giants a multidimensional lineman whose flexibility furthers the team's ability to provide different looks offensively. His 6-foot-6, 340 pound frame additionally provides the Giants with a physical presence they desperately need after allowing 39 sacks last season.
With Schwartz, there is certainly no issue with physicality coming from a run heavy system in Kansas City. Schwartz was brought up embracing mano-a-mano football. An often overlooked innate benefit of Schwartz is his ability and knowledge of playing in front of talented running backs throughout his career. Specifically, Jamal Charles in Kansas City and Jonathan Stewart in Carolina. With the Giants, although their current ensemble of running backs have not reached that caliber of performance to date, newly acquired Rashad Jennings has a lot of look forward to running behind Geoff Schwartz.
Couple Schwartz' physical nature with his nimble feet in pass blocking situations, and this should enable the Giants to develop a more diversified offensive attack. The Giants now have the opportunity to utilize their vertical passing game in conjunction with a solid between the tackles running game, therefore increasing their offensive potency and reducing predictability.
The offensive line was severely hampered by inconsistent line play and injuries last season. Thus, the Giants hope Schwartz can continue to be an ironman in the trenches as he was with Kansas City. He played in all sixteen games last season, a fact not lost on a Giants offensive line that did not boast one player who played in every game last season.
This free agent acquisition provides what many teams crave during this period, a quick fix to an obvious flaw, while maintaining economic structure and cap room to maneuver towards the future after cementing the core.