Injuries and poor performance have forced the New York Giants to shuffle their offensive line on a weekly basis this season. Coach Ben McAdoo on Monday would not commit to leaving together the group that helped the Giants to their first victory on Sunday.
“Each week provides a new challenge, a new opportunity and we’ll take a look at what we need to do this week to give us the best chance to win the ballgame,” he said. “I like the group that played yesterday, though.”
That group — LT Ereck Flowers, LG John Jerry, C Brett Jones, RG D.J. Fluker, RT Justin Pugh — controlled Von Miller and helped the Giants rush for 148 yards. Pugh and Jerry were playing different spots than the ones where they began the season.
“John and Justin – they’re two pros. They’re two guys that the team is the most important thing to them and they’ll do whatever is asked of them and it doesn’t take a big sit-down for it to take place. It doesn’t take an act of Congress for it to get done,” McAdoo said. “They’re willing to jump out and play a new position if it’s for the best of the team, if it gives us the best chance to win a ballgame and they put their head down, they go to work and it’s much appreciated by the head coach.”
Maybe this is McAdoo just being typical McAdoo — which means sharing as little information as he possibly can. Whether or not it is his best position, Pugh obviously seems like the Giants’ best option at right tackle. D.J. Fluker is a limited pass blocker, but has helped the run game with his physicality. Jerry has handled the move to the left side well when he has been asked to do switch this season.
It would not appear to make sense to move any of those players at this point. The change that could come would be Weston Richburg (concussion) returning to the lineup at center when he is cleared. Brett Jones has done a nice job but when Richburg is ready he almost certainly will reclaim that job.