Ben McAdoo said the Giants will “never stop looking” for new players, but when it comes to his offensive line, it sounds as if he’s more likely to stand pat than add anyone else.
“We’re comfortable with the players we have on this roster right now,” McAdoo said on Monday. “We have a good, strong football team. You never stop looking, but we’re definitely comfortable with what we have.”
That likely means the Giants will go into the season with eight offensive linemen on the 53-man roster. There are five current starters — Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse — along with backups Will Beatty, Brett Jones and Bobby Hart.
Beatty is the most intriguing because he can play either tackle position and was signed just a week ago. Monday was his first practice with the team.
“He did some good things out here,” McAdoo said. “It’s encouraging.”
Although McAdoo did not say it was the case, the Giants almost assuredly gauged the interest of former Packers All-Pro guard Josh Sitton when he was released on Saturday. They might even have been involved in trade talks before that release. Sitton wound up signing a reported three-year, $21.5- million deal with a $10-million signing bonus with the Bears.
“You look at everything,” McAdoo said. “I have history with Josh [from his time as a position coach in Green Bay]. Tremendous player, tremendous talent. We wish Josh nothing but the best. But he’s not on our roster.”
And the ones who are, it seems, will stay there.