Giants face offensive line uncertainties ahead of Week 2 matchup with Cardinals

Sep 13, 2023, 9:05 PM | Updated: 9:07 pm

Daniel Jones...

Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 10, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD (AP) — New York Giants right guard Mark Glowinski has been around long enough to know there is going to be fallout after a team is embarrassed in its season opener and its quarterback is sacked seven times.

That’s what happened to Daniel Jones on Sunday night in a 40-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

While the whole line played poorly, most of the attention is seemingly focused on the 31-year-old Glowinski, a nine-year veteran who was signed to a three-year, $18.3 million contract to leave Indianapolis in 2022. He allowed two sacks and the right side, which includes tackle Evan Neal, allowed a total of five sacks.

“It was very disappointing. All I can do is move on from that and be better,” Glowinski said Wednesday.

Glowinski said most of the mistakes were physical and mental miscues that can be fixed quickly. His first sack allowed was a perfect example. Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons went at Neal, who pushed him to the inside. Glowinski either failed to see him or didn’t pick him up and Jones ended up on the ground.

The mistakes could be found across the line. Left tackle Andrew Thomas, whose status for Sunday at Arizona is uncertain because of a hamstring injury, had a false start penalty at the Dallas 8 on the opening series. Rookie center John Michael Schmitz had a bad third down snap on the next play that cost New York 14 yards.

On fourth down, Graham Gano’s 45-yard field-goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown.

“Obviously it’s not what we wanted,” left guard Ben Bredeson said. “We’ve got things on tape that you feel we need to correct or we can correct. And that’s just our focus going into Week 2 right now.”

Giants coach Brian Daboll was not afraid to make changes in his starting lineup after winning the season opener last year at Tennessee. It would not be surprising to see changes on the line.

Jones said he didn’t see any lingering effect from the loss in the team’s approach at practice Wednesday. He also expects the Cardinals to attack the offense the same way Dallas did.

“I’m sure they’ll come out ready to go and come out aggressive,” said Jones, who threw two interceptions against Dallas. “They’re a fast defense, they play really hard and fly to the ball. So, I would certainly expect them to do that, and we intend on coming out the same way.”

Thomas did not practice Wednesday and second-year guard Josh Ezeudu got reps in his position. A third-round pick out of North Carolina, he got some starts at guard for New York as a rookie but has not played tackle since college. Matt Peart is another candidate to start at left tackle if Thomas can’t go.

“Right now, I am just taking it day by day,” Thomas said. “That’s the process that I have. It’s been feeling better since it first started when I first hurt it. Just giving it time and see how it does.”

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