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Giants’ 90-man roster: Does Spencer Pulley have a chance to start?

That’s debatable, but Pulley should have a place on the roster

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Spencer Pulley snapping to Eli Manning.
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Is there a competition for the starting center job with the New York Giants or isn’t there? Some media observers of OTAs think there will be, and others believe it’s clear Jon Halapio will be the starter.

So, where does that leave Spencer Pulley? Let’s focus on Pulley as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 308
Age: 26
Position: Center
Experience: 3

How he got here

The Giants were awarded Pulley on waivers as part of the roster shakeup at the beginning of last season. Pulley had started all 16 games for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, but they decided to move on without him. The Giants, looking for depth on the interior of the offensive line, claimed him.

Pulley ended up playing in 13 games and starting nine after Halapio got hurt and the Giants decided to move John Greco from center to guard. Pulley finished the season ranked No. 27 among 39 qualifying centers, per Pro Football Focus. He allowed two sacks and 12 total pressures in 345 pass-blocking snaps. Pulley ranked 25th in pass blocking efficiency.

Pulley signed a three-year, $8.25 million ($2.325 million guaranteed) with the Giants during the offseason.

2019 outlook

So, is there a competition at center or isn’t there? Yours truly happens to be in the camp that believes there is not.

Halapio took the overwhelming majority of first-team snaps in the spring, and a good number of second-team snaps working with Daniel Jones.

That would leave Pulley as a backup at center and guard, which is actually the role the Giants signed him for. As a backup center, Pulley would seem to be quality depth.