As if the New York Giants needed any more bad news along their already-battered offensive line, starting right guard Brandon Mosley did not practice Sunday because his back stiffened up.
"He came back ready to go and all of a sudden, I saw him over there stretching and that's what it was," said head coach Tom Coughlin.
John Jerry took first-team reps in Mosley's place. Jerry, a starter at right guard for the Miami Dolphins the past two seasons, has been mostly an afterthought during training camp and the preseason. Until Sunday, he had worked almost exclusively with the reserves since the early days of camp. Suddenly, Jerry could be a key player for the Giants. With Geoff Schwartz out due to his dislocated toe and Mosley not having nailed down the starting right guard spot, Jerry finds himself with an opportunity to become a starter.
"That is why you are here, to compete for a job. Jobs are always open," Jerry said on Sunday. "At the end of the day, I can only control what I can control. I don't think about it that way. I just try to go out and get better."
Jerry started every game at right guard for Miami the past two seasons. He was behind when training camp started as he missed all of OTAs and mini-camp following knee surgery.
"I am feeling pretty good about it. If I am called upon to go play, then I feel that I am ready to go play," Jerry said. "I feel like I am most definitely back where I need to be. At the end of the day, we still have a couple weeks before the first game, so I still have time to do all I can."
Jerry, entering his fifth season, has played 95 snaps in the Giants four preseason games. His Pro Football Focus grade is an unimpressive -5.1. Jerry, however, feels good about what he has accomplished thus far.
"I feel real confident about what I put on tape so far," Jerry said. "I had a chance to play every preseason game so far, so that is something I wasn't able to do last year. I am very confident by that."
Should Jerry, with 45 starts over four NFL seasons, be the starting regardless of Mosley's health? Your thoughts, Giants fans?