The New York Giants have been searching to figure out who their starting right guard will be once they begin the 2014 regular season next month against the Detroit Lions.
With Chris Snee retiring just before training camp, they have used Brandon Mosley as the first-team right guard, but with him being up and down, plus the rumors of the Giants possibly being interested in current San Francisco 49ers holdout Alex Boone, it leaves to speculation that Mosley is no lock to be the right guard at the start of the season despite starting the first three preseason games there.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin didn't come right out and say that the Giants would make Richburg a starter, but it certainly sounds like he is open to the idea and given his increased playing time on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, they may be preparing him to do just that.
"We are not stuck with anything," Coughlin said on Sunday, a day after Richburg played more snaps (48) than any Giants player against the Colts. "As I said, just because five guys trot out there doesn't mean that's the starting unit. What we are doing is we are trying to introduce, for example, Weston Richburg played guard, center, right guard, left guard, and he did so last night. We are looking at all of those things."
During Monday's practice, Richburg not only got to practice again with the first team offense, but he was inserted into the left guard spot, normally where Geoff Schwartz plays. Schwartz admitted that he played terribly against the Indianapolis Colts, although Richburg and Schwartz alternated at the left guard spot in practice.
Schwartz and Richburg now alternating. Schwartz admittedly played very poorly vs. Colts. #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 18, 2014
Richburg, who was the Giants second-round pick back in the 2014 NFL Draft, is a center by trade and was drafted as the guy that could be the center of the future, especially with the team's release of David Baas after three seasons, but the team also signed former Denver Broncos center J.D. Walton, who may have a lock on the starting center job, so Richburg playing center might not happen unless Walton goes down with an injury.
But with Mosley not having a lock on the right guard spot, Richburg may in fact work himself right into the starting offensive line and into the right guard position in the team's continued efforts of revamping an offensive line that played poorly last season.
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