The New York Giants are elevating veteran center Matt Skura from their practice squad to the 53-man roster in a potential harbinger of an shakeup on the interior of the offensive line.
Skura’s agent broke the news on Thursday morning of his addition to the roster:
Congratulations to @GSEworldwide client Matt Skura on signing to the active roster of @Giants pic.twitter.com/zMrWkagCIp— David Canter (@davidcanter) September 16, 2021
Shane Lemieux, expected to be the Giants’ starting left guard, has been dealing with a partially torn patellar tendon. He barely practiced through training camp and the preseason and then played only 17 snaps in Week 1 vs. the Denver Broncos. Ben Bredeson, recently acquired from the Baltimore Ravens, played 44 snaps in Lemieux’s place.
Lemieux has already been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Washington Football Team.
There has been increased chatter the past few days about the Giants moving Nick Gates from center to left guard and allowing Skura and Billy Price to compete for the center job. The addition of Skura to the 53-man roster will only further than speculation.
The Giants traded an NFL-caliber defensive lineman in B.J. Hill along with a draft pick to acquire Price, so it makes sense that they may not intend for Price to continue sitting on the bench without an opportunity.
Price was a first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018. He fell out of favor in Cincinnati due to injuries and sub-par performance.
Skura was a four-year starter for the Baltimore Ravens, one at guard and three at center. He joined the Miami Dolphins this offseason in free agency, but was cut and added to the Giants’ practice squad.