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New York Giants’ Weston Richburg Ready to “Earn” Playing Time; Will See Snaps at Guard

May 21st, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Although the New York Giants spent a second-round pick on center Weston Richburg, they've made absolutely no guarantees about him coming in and immediately starting for the team. If anything, it would appear on the surface as if he was selected as a development talent behind J.D. Walton, whom the Giants signed to a surprisingly large contract earlier in the offseason.

Still, Richburg was the highest rated center in the 2014 NFL Draft and widely considered to be "pro-ready." But he dismissed that chatter on Tuesday, admitting that he's coming in and starting from scratch with Big Blue; that any sort of playing time he gets this season will have to be earned.

"I don’t know if anybody’s pro-ready because the players are so much better and faster and stronger. I think there are some people that are more well-prepared than others," Richburg said. "I’m coming in, I’m going to work hard just like I did in college and treat it like I did then. I’m going to have to earn what I want to get. That’s kind of my mindset right now."

But with such a hefty investment, the Giants may need to find another way to draw some value out of him in the event Walton does win the starting job at center heading into the regular season. It's for that reason the team has also informed Richburg that he'll be getting some snaps at guard in an attempt to yield a bit more versatility out of their second-rounder.

"I was told I’d be in at guard a couples times but it’s only been a week. That will come. I’m just focused on learning everything right now," he said.

Of course, Richburg could still win the starting job at center — something General Manager Jerry Reese admitted was very possible — and that kind of competition is welcomed by Walton, who believes it will only bring out the best in each of them.

"Any team I'm on, I'm going to bust my butt. Just from stuff I've done in the past, I'm expecting myself to start," Walton said. "Nothing wrong with competition. He's a good kid. That elevates everyone's play."

Walton added that he's 100% healthy and has no reservations going into the 2014 season.

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Weston Richburg Ready to “Earn” Playing Time; Will See Snaps at Guard”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    I sure as hell hope he does see the field. Although I think Mr. Mara has already adjusted the automatic benching of rooks. Get used to it Tommy Boy. You no longer have to be 30 to start for the New York Football Giants.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    I agree whole heartedly GOAT.

    And you must also recall one Mr. Brad Van Pelt Safety, Michigan State.

    He was one of the first Hybrid back seven players I can remember.
    Van Pelt weighed in at about 250. He was about 6ft 6 however.
    Sort of like Baltimore Colt-Oakland Raider Ted (Mad Stork) Hendricks. My point however is, there is always the first guy. And second, you don’t know until you try.
    Finally, the third safety position as used by Fewell is basically a linebacker playing a middle zone with some man coverage responsibilities. And he must be effective against the run. I still very much like Williams though.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I still think Behre could play a big role on passing downs as that guy who can stick with a tight end and also make folks pay once they catch the ball but also remain fully capable of moving up fast to challenge a ball-carrier or a rolling QB. He may need to gain a few pounds of muscle, but I like the cut of his jib (and he appears ten times as bright as Williams, who seems to still get caught out of position a lot after three years in the league).

    But, yeah, if Williams ever “got” it, he could be a monster back there in that role. The problem is, he doesn’t have that hard-nosed attitude that Behre clearly does (just watch his highlights). A big part of Chancellor’s impact (and I desperately wanted the Giants to draft him….you can look it up) is that the guy LOVES to hit and punish. Behre has that mindset too. We NEED someone like that in that back seven of the defense. In fact, we need 2-3 of them.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    The thing is that in the past 4 years when we played 3 safeties usually we had Williams and/or Boley at LB as well. So when employing a guy like Behre it doesn’t have to be either him or Williams. Though with the addition of Thurman maybe it does. I don’t think Behre has the size or athleticism to cover NFL TEs but you never know. Behre does sound better and better the more you hear. I think Behre if he’s as good as he sounds and Hill is suspended still is more of a deep safety and he could allow Brown to play the 3rd safety/ LB role in sub packages. I think it’s more likely Brown deep and Taylor in the 3rd safety role but Behre if Hill is out can definitely get in the mix for playing time. Demps is definitely in play too.

    I didn’t realize Williams was intellectually challenged. Even so this being the 4th year in this system I think he should ok. Maybe that just means he’s better off with his full focus as a nickel LB.

  5.  stuh says:

    As for Richburg having to switch positions I don’t get it. He was rated as a pro rated center and the guy we picked up in free agency couldn’t stay on the field. this kid should be given every chance to compete to start as the center. Not be forced to try out as a guard and not get the reps at center.

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