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Giants 90-man roster breakdown: OL Brandon Mosley has another chance

Could Mosley emerge as part of the solution with Will Beatty out of the Giants' lineup?

Brandon Mosley
Brandon Mosley
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Brandon Mosley is a player who seems to have been on the cusp of becoming a regular part of the New York Giants offensive line for the past couple of seasons, but that has yet to come to fruition. Let's look at Mosley as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in a few weeks.

2014 Season in Review

When long-time right guard Chris Snee was forced to retire prior to last season following a series of injuries, Mosley was the first man up with a chance to step into Snee's spot in the Giants' lineup. Mosley held that spot until late in training camp, when an apparent back injury did him in.

John Jerry stepped into that spot in the lineup and stayed there all season. Rookie Weston Richburg started 15 games at left guard, with the veteran Adam Snyder filling in for the other one. Mosley? He ended up playing only 12 offensive snaps. Thus, it was a disappointing season for the 2012 fourth-round pick.

"Last year he was having a good training camp and he got hurt, he had a back issue," offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said during mandatory minicamp. "From there that's where I guess the burial started because he was out."

2015 Season Outlook

The Giants spent all of the spring with Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. That, however, does not necessarily mean that will the starting group when the regular season rolls around.

Mosley worked inside at guard during OTAs, but took second-team snaps at right tackle during minicamp. Flaherty said Mosley "absolutely" has a chance to unseat Newhouse for the right tackle job.

"Marshall, I really like what I've seen in particular this minicamp with him, but we've had Brandon Mosley out there," Flaherty said. "It's gonna come from one of those two guys I believe right now."

The possibility also remains that the Giants move Pugh back to right tackle, where he played the first two seasons of his career. That would open the left guard slot, and Mosley would be a logical candidate for that.

Mosley has now been on the verge of cracking the lineup for two straight seasons, only to have a broken hand derail him in 2013 and the back injury last year. Can this finally be the year he stays healthy and finds his way into the lineup?

"It's one of those things where you have to have a little bit of Lady Luck behind you to stay healthy, and he's a prime example of it," Flaherty said.

We'll see if Lady Luck will finally shine on Mosley in 2015.