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Ereck Flowers at left tackle in reconfigured Giants' offensive line

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It's a crash course for the first-round pick.

Ereck Flowers
Ereck Flowers
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There was one question everyone wanted answered Wednesday when the New York Giants took the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for their first OTA. What would the offensive line configuration be with starting left tackle Will Beatty down for at least five to six months with a torn pectoral muscle? Well, here it is.

The Giants debuted with this alignment:

LT -- Ereck Flowers; LG -- Justin Pugh; C -- Weston Richburg; RG -- Geoff Schwartz; RT -- Marshall Newhouse.

Several newsworthy items there. Flowers, the ninth overall pick in the draft, appears to be the left tackle until further notice. He said that Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty told him as much within a day of Beatty's injury.

How does quarterback Eli Manning feel about having a rookie protecting his blind side? Well, Manning was in fine verbal form on Wednesday.

"He's big and strong and mean," Manning said. "He's got a good attitude and he wants to be a good player. Sometimes that's all you need."

Pugh is now a guard, a decision head coach Tom Coughlin said had been made before Beatty's injury.

Richburg, as expected, is back to his natural center position after spending his rookie season at left guard.

Schwartz is at right guard, the position he has had the most success at during his career. Still working his way back from a broken ankle, Schwartz split reps with John Jerry.

Newhouse, the veteran signed to be the team's swing tackle, looks like he will get first crack at being the fifth starter on the line.

"We just have to move on," said Coughlin, who wouldn't commit to Wednesday's line being the permanent one. "Our plans are to continue to try to figure out how this line is going to fall out, who's going to be where. We'll probably try some different combinations to get there."

Coughlin said Beatty "was trying to get better" when he was injured.

"What he was trying to do is get stronger, which I think our team has to do and I've said that," Coughlin said. "Why it happened, who knows? But it is most unfortunate."

[Editor's note: Much more from Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and Geoff Schwartz coming up, as well as perhaps an abbreviated report with some other practice highlights. Right now, though, a three-hour trek home.]