Jake Long, St. Louis Rams (September 14, 2014)

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According to multiple press reports, unrestricted free agent offensive left tackle Jake Long visited the New York Giants today.

The 30-year old Long was the first player selected in the 2008 NFL Draft when the Miami Dolphins picked him. Long played for five seasons in Miami and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11. In 2013, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams but tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a game in December 2013. Long then re-tore the same ACL in a game in October 2014. The Rams cut him in March 2015.

The 6’7”, 322-pound Long was once regarded as one of the best left tackles in the game, but two back-to-back ACL tears to the same knee have obviously put his career in jeopardy. It is not known if Long can even pass a team physical at this point. If he can, Long could provide competition and insurance for an offensive line that will be without starting left tackle Will Beatty for 5-6 months. Beatty tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights last week.

In the first two team Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices, the Giants first-team offensive line has had Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry at right guard, and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.