The spine of the Giants’ offensive line gained’t be new additions Kevin Zeitler or Mike Remmers. Neither will it’s Nate Solder or Will Hernandez, who’re each returning for his or her second season within the Meadowlands.
It’ll be the person within the center.
Heart Jon Halapio has labored his approach again after struggling a fractured ankle final season. The 27-year-old bought harm within the Giants’ Week 2 loss to the Cowboys, lacking the remainder of the season.
“It was onerous,” Halapio stated final week. “I had my days the place I’d have a ‘why me’ sort of feeling. [But] I by no means actually misplaced confidence as a result of I knew what I used to be able to and what I carry to the desk.”
Halapio made his first profession begin at proper guard in Week 12 of the 2017 season instead of an injured D.J. Fluker and retained his beginning function the remainder of the season. He re-signed with the Giants in 2018 and beat out Brett Jones for the beginning heart job.
Now, practically 9 months since his damage, Halapio stated he feels again to 100 % and is able to reclaim his spot on the coronary heart of the offensive line.
“He was actually enjoying nicely for us earlier than he bought harm a 12 months in the past,” coach Pat Shurmur stated this offseason. “So we had excessive hopes for him final season. It seems he has come again 100 % and is again in there identical to he was when he left us.”
Offensive line knowledgeable and former five-year NFL heart LeCharles Bentley went a step additional, just lately telling The Put up that Halapio could be a top-five heart within the league.
Halapio bought many of the first-team reps throughout OTAs and minicamp, however must stave off third-year heart Spencer Pulley, who began 9 video games for the Giants in 2018.
Hernandez’s growth and the addition of Zeitler, who’s going into his eighth season, have helped ease Halapio again onto the sector.
“[Hernandez] is gentle years forward from when he first began out. Two issues that stick out to me are his consciousness and his maturity,” Halapio stated. “Having two stable guards like that, huge bodied guys in there. The notice and maturity that they’ve, and the knowledge, particularly with Kevin, it helps so much for me.”