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New York Giants will keep Spencer Pulley at center

When Jamon Brown joins the starting lineup, John Greco will go to the bench

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If and when Jamon Brown moves into the New York Giants starting lineup at right guard, and there continue to be indications that could come Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, Spencer Pulley will remain at center and John Greco will return to the bench.

“We’ll probably stay with Pulley at center,” Shurmur said on Thursday. “I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s a natural center, he’s a little leaner than guys that play guard. He started last year the whole season at center (for the Los Angeles Chargers), so he’s got experience. He’s smart. You need more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt.”

Vanderbilt is where Pulley went to college, and where Shurmur’s son, Kyle, is currently playing quarterback.

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As for Brown, Shurmur continued to sound optimistic about the guard the Giants claimed from the Los Angeles Rams during their bye week.

“We’re putting him in there and getting him ready to go like he’s gonna start, just like we do every player” Shurmur said. “From what I’ve seen already and we’ve spent a lot of time with him already he’s a fast learner.

He’s a big man, he’s a really big man, which I’m fond of in linemen and he can move his feet. He was a starter last year on a team that won more than 10 games. We were glad he was available and what we’ve seen to this point we’re excited about getting him going.”

Why this makes sense

Greco did a nice job at center before moving to guard to replace Patrick Omameh when Pulley joined the lineup. Still, Greco is a natural guard and at 33 not really part of the Giants’ future.

Pulley, 25, is a third-year player with a full season of starting experience. Two games isn’t enough time to determine whether or not he should be part of the team’s future plans. So, at 1-7 playing a 25-year-old who might have a future over a 33-year-old who probably doesn’t seems like the right call.