The New York Giants lost one of the best offensive linemen in the history of their franchise when Chris Snee announced his retirement this past week.
Snee spent 10 seasons with the Giants, sealing a ticket to four Pro Bowls and helping to bring two Super Bowls to the Big Apple. He became a staple on several excellent New York offensive lines and saying that the Giants are going to miss his presence is a severe understatement.
Not only did the Giants lose a legend, they lost their starting right guard for the 2014 season. In the wake of Snee’s retirement, a competition has begun for the recently-vacated role. The current candidates for his replacement are Brandon Mosley, John Jerry and rookie Weston Richburg.
Mosley was listed as New York’s starter on the team’s first unofficial depth chart, which was released on Thursday. Mosley was drafted by the Giants out of Auburn in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has been getting reps with the first team thus far.
Jerry stole some headlines last season when it was revealed he played a major role in Miami’s bullying scandal. He is also working his way back from knee surgery and has been limited in training camp to this point.
That leaves us with rookie Weston Richburg. Richburg was drafted in the second round out of Colorado State, where he played center. J.D. Walton is currently practicing as the first team’s center but Richburg is also competing for that role as well. If New York likes what they see from both Walton and Richburg, Richburg could presumably be moved over to right guard.
It’s obviously very early on in these positional competitions. We’ll have a better idea once the preseason games get underway and until then all we can do is speculate. Filling the hole left by Snee is certainly not going to be an easy task, but it will be crucial for the Giants to find a suitable replacement.