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New York Giants add veteran offensive lineman Mike Remmers

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Jeevan Kirkland

The New York Giants are set to welcome free agent offensive lineman Mike Remmers as their new right tackle.

The New York Giants will bring in former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers to compete for their right tackle position.

The veteran already had two visits with the Giants prior to his official signing. The two visits helped showcase Remmers’s talents and allowed Big Blue to find their guy. He and the Giants agreed on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with $1 million guaranteed. Now Remmers will look to beat out Chad Wheeler and become the Giants Starting right tackle.

Remmers is a 30-year-old veteran who has experience playing the tackle and guard position. The Oregon State product most recently played right guard for the Minnesota Vikings. This position is unnatural for Remmers, but he still put up a Pro Football Focus rating (PFF) of 59.2. This is was a decent performance from him but he can do much better.

When playing the right tackle position (2017), Remmers earned a PFF rating of 72.1. This was an elite showing for his position. On top of that, Remmers helped to bring the Vikings to the NFC Championship. This also came under Pat Shurmur who was the Vikings offensive coordinator at the time.

Shurmur is now the head coach for the New York Giants which should help Remmers fit in well. With the knowledge of the playbook, he should be able to comfortably slide into the right tackle spot.

The only other player vying for the right tackle spot is Chad Wheeler. However, Wheeler is by no means elite. The youngster is a former undrafted free agent out of USC. He has never played at the level that would make him prove why he should have been drafted.

Last season, Wheeler came in as the replacement for Ereck Flowers. Flowers, an entirely different story, was underperforming once again. This gave Wheeler the opportunity to prove what he is worth. Wheeler sure did make a name for himself but only in a bad way by putting forth one of the worst seasons at his position. He ranked 78th in the NFL amongst tackles with a Pro Football Focus (PFF) rating of 47.4.

Wheeler’s play was also noticeably poor in the run game where he ranked last in the NFL amongst all offensive lineman in run blocking. The USC product did not thrive in the passing game as well, allowing 45 pressures along with six sacks.

The lack of quality play by Wheeler proved that the Giants needed an answer on the right side of the line. The front office elected to go with the veteran Mike Remmers as the solution.

Mike Remmers is not the only acquisition Big Blue has made this offseason to bolster their offensive line. The Giants previously traded with the Cleveland Browns to obtain Kevin Zeitler. Zeitler will play the right guard spot as he matches up with Remmers to solidify the right side of the line.

New York will look to use their refined front to protect their star running back Saquon Barkley and their rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

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