Weston Richburg Competing for Two Starting Spots Along New York Giants’ O-Line
The New York Giants offense is obviously still finding it’s footing. The coaching staff continues to toy around with different combinations along the offensive line, whose success (or lack thereof) could ultimately make or break the Giants’ season.
Rookie Weston Richburg has been getting reps at three different positions this preseason and is a serious candidate to win either the role of starting right guard or starting center.
The Giants drafted Richburg out of Colorado State in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Although he played center in college, Richburg may have the best chance of cracking the starting lineup by winning the right guard competition.
In the wake of Chris Snee‘s retirement, the Giants are trying to find a suitable replacement on an offensive line already riddled with question marks. At right guard, Richburg is currently battling Brandon Mosley, who has been getting the majority of the snaps with the first team.
Mosley has had a mixed bag of success this preseason, looking very good at times and really struggling at others.
Richburg took over first-team duties for Mosley early in the second quarter on Saturday against the Colts. The role is still clearly up for grabs and Richburg will certainly have his chance to make his case for the spot as the preseason continues.
Of course, there is still the chance Richburg wins the starting center job, although New York seems to be happy with what J.D. Walton has done thus far. The Giants picked up Walton as a free agent and have been pleasantly surprised with his performance, especially since Walton has not played in a regular season game since Week 4 of the 2012 season.
Richburg has also seen time on other side of the offensive line and gotten some practice in at left guard. New York expects Geoff Schwartz, another free agent signing, to be their starter in this spot but Schwartz also has experience on the right side as well.
Richburg’s versatility gives the Giants the opportunity to shuffle their offensive linemen around until they can come up with the right combination.
It’s more than likely we’ll see Richburg along the o-line at some point this year because of his ability to play multiple positions. Plus, the way things are going right now, it may have to be sooner rather than later.
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