In the last few years, whenever anyone thought about the Giants’ offense, one of the first things that came to mind was the offensive line. One of the most coveted units in the league, the Shaun O’Hara-lead group has been a real asset to Big Blue.
Nevertheless, there comes a time where every asset depreciates. Fighting against age, O’Hara went down with an ankle injury and has now missed three consecutive games. Looking at a logic standpoint, us Giants fans should be very worried, but yet for some reason we are not. Well, I give you that reason, his name is Adam Koets.
Ever since he had to step up to cover O’Hara’s spot Koets has been playing with confidence and quality, allowing the offense not to missa beat.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, Koets used to play tackle at the Oregon State University, where he was a second team All Pac-10 Conference selection after helping the team to average 360.6 yards per game in his senior season. Also in his time with Oregon State, he was a three-time Academic All-Pac 10 Conference selection.
Being very smart, and an athletic player for his size (6 ft 5 300 lb), the Giants coaching staff, who favor versatile players, quickly recognized Koets’ ability to play multiple positions within the o-line, and, being in need of a backup center, decided to try him at such position during the 2009 off season.
One season later, this Santa Ana, California, native, sky diving, bungee jumping adrenaline-seeker is exactly what Big Blue hoped he would become: a quality, smart and versatile player able to fill in and keep the high level presented by owner of the position, and, most importantly, allowing me to sleep at night…
Saulo Padua – nygreporter.com
Hey Saulo, I must say that I have been waiting for Koets to come around and it looks like he has finally arrived. It’s nice to know he can step up and fill in but the Giants offensive line looks like it will be getting some company next season. Maybe one or two new players there to protect Easy Eli.
I agree, and it is certainly necessary. We cannot wait for our guys to stop being productive before we find their replacements. They have to be in place and ready to go, for O’Hara, Snee, McKenzie and Seubert may not have over 2 more high level seasons in them.
Beatty is likely to be great at left tackle with time, and I like what I’ve seen from Koets so far, but we’ll sure need new guards and another tackle, so I expect a guard to come in via a high draft pick next season.
Tell me about it. I have been cringing each week looking at the new injury reports. We have 20-25% of our team on IR or inactive…it’s becoming quite annoying.