Now that Chris Snee has officially retired, the question becomes how will the Giants replace him? When Snee went down last season, the Giants were vulnerable. They had only the fading David Diehl, the un-tested James Brewer and a second-year player in Brandon Mosley who spent all of his rookie season on IR as realistic options.
As we know, things did not go well. Diehl did not play well and retired at the end of the season. Brewer was not up to the task at right or left guard, and practiced at left tackle during the spring. Mosley played well in preseason and did an adequate job in a late-season cameo, but broke his hand.
So, who starts at right guard for the Giants now? Let's go through thelist of possibilities.
Brandon Mosley -- Now in his third season, Mosley was a 2012 fourth-round pick. He spent 2012 on IR with an ankle injury, and played only 59 snaps with one start last season. He had a +0.3 Pro Football Focus grade in those snaps. He suffered a season-ending broken hand Week 16 vs. the Detroit Lions.
"We sometimes forget, Brandon is really in his second year," said offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. "His first year he was on IR. He was with us in training camp and then he had his foot operated on and he was put on injury reserve so he missed a year of football activity. Last year was really his first year and he was progressing very well and then when he had the opportunity to really take the bull by the horn again Detroit he went against a good football player and was rally battling pretty good and then he broke his hand." [Player Profile]
John Jerry --The Giants signed the 28-year-old Jerry after the Miami Dolphins released him due to his involvement in the Bullygate scandal. Jerry started for the last two seasons with the Dolphins. In that time, the 6-foot-5, 340-pound Jerry proved to be a much better pass blocker than run blocker. His Pro Football Focus scores for the two seasons combined are +11.0 as a pass blocker and -14.8 as a run blocker. Jerry had offseason knee surgery and did not participate in OTAs or mini-camp. The Giants expect him to be available during training camp.
"We signed him and he signed with us for the opportunity to be a starter for the New York Giants," said offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. [Player Profile]
Weston Richburg -- The Giants drafted Richburg in the 2014 NFL Draft as their center of the future. He has played some guard, however, and the Giants worked him extensively at right guard during the offseason. In addition to experience, the other thing possibly working against Richburg as a guard would be lack of size. He is 6-3, 298 pounds, and most of the players he is competing with are much larger. [Player Profile]
James Brewer -- Received the only extended action of his three-year career in 2013, and was found wanting at both left and right guard. He also played a handful of snaps at right tackle. In 443 snaps he received a -9.2 PFF grade, which included -5-5 pass blocking and -5.0 run blocking.
Geoff Schwartz -- The 6-6, 340-pound Schwartz has been working at left guard, but most of his NFL experience is at right guard. Schwartz has played 61 NFL games. Pro Football Focus shows him playing right guard in 31 of those games, with some time spent at left guard and both tackle spots. The problem with moving Schwartz to the right side is that Brewer is the only player the Giants have with experience on the left side. It might make more sense to leave Schwartz on the left, and allow Mosley, Jerry and Richburg to compete on the right.
Justin Pugh -- The rookie started all 16 games at right tackle last season. Positional versatility was one reason the Giants drafted him No. 1 in 2013, and the question of whether or not the Giants would move him to another position always seems to come up. Pugh has added some weight since last season, so physically he probably could hold up inside. The problem is, who would play right tackle? Whereas the Giants have some logical candidates at guard, they don't really have a logical replacement for Pugh at right tackle. Free-agent signee Charles Brown might be the most logical replacement, but at first blush the Giants' best move is to leave Pugh where he is.
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