Giants sign yet another player from the Bills – and at a position of need too

The Giants really are becoming Bills East.

This offseason, the Giants hired Joe Schoen as general manager and Brian Daboll as head coach – both from the Bills. Daboll hired Bobby Johnson (offensive line) and Shea Tierney (offensive line). Then, Schoen signed quarterback Davis Webb, wide receiver Robert Foster and center Jon Feliciano as free agents – all three played for the Bills in recent years.

They added one more to the list on Friday: Offensive lineman Jamil Douglas, who signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, for ESPN.

The Giants need depth on the offensive line, especially at guard, so bringing Douglas – likely signing for the veteran minimum’s salary – into the fold makes some sense. The 30-year-old Douglas spent most of the 2021 season on the Bills’ practice squad, though he was called up for one game in November. When the Bills cut him in December, Washington claimed Douglas off waivers and played him on special teams for three games.

Now, he reunites with Daboll, Johnson and Feliciano, who tweeted about the signing on Friday.

Douglas, a fourth-round pick by the Dolphins out of Arizona State in 2015, has bounced around the league and has mostly spent time as a backup. He was released during his second season with the Dolphins, spent most of 2017 on the Falcons practice squad and was with the Colts ‘practice squad for one week in 2018 before he signed to the Titans’ practice squad.

In 2019, he played in 15 games for Tennessee and started five games, primarily at right guard though he also got snaps at center and left guard. He hasn’t started a game since then. Pro Football Focus had Douglas allowing three sacks in 238 pass-blocking snaps in 2019 and graded him poorly (45.3) as a pass blocker.

The Giants lack experience on their offensive line so Douglas will have a chance to make the roster, if not at least the practice squad. The Giants signed Feliciano to start at center and Mark Glowinski (from the Colts) to start at right guard. They also signed Matt Gono, who has some experience at guard but is more likely to take on a role as a swing tackle.

Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates and Ben Bredeson are the other current options at guards and the current candidates to start at left guard until – or unless – the Giants find a better option in the NFL Draft. Lemieux is coming off a knee injury that cost him all but one game last season, and he struggled as a starter in 2020. Gates suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2021 and might not be ready to play this season. And Bredeson, acquired in a trade with the Ravens before the season, played in eight games (one start) and didn’t exactly impress.

Douglas likely won’t push for a starting job, but he at least can find a job as a backup.

Now, the question is which former Bills player – defensive lineman Star Lotuleilei, guard Ike Boettger, running back Matt Breida, tight end Tyler Kroft, defensive lineman Efe Obada would all make sense – will be the next to join Schoen, Daboll and company in East Rutherford.

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Zack Rosenblatt may be reached at zrosenblatt@njadvancemedia.com.

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