As the New York Giants offensive line continues to struggle midway through the preseason, head coach Tom Coughlin, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty decided to mix things up a bit during Tuesday's practice. In addition to having the line take reps in their normal alignment, they began to mix and match other potential combinations, including one that saw Justin Pugh at left tackle, Brandon Mosley at right tackle and Weston Richburg rotating at all three interior positions.
"They’re all playing pretty much everywhere," Coughlin said on Tuesday. "You guys usually see everything, who was the right tackle? Mosley was the right tackle when that happened. You always attempt to be creative, flexible. As many people as you can have to be centers, you never know about that either."
Somewhat interestingly, Geoff Schwartz stayed at left guard — whether it be first or second team — as opposed to switching over the right guard, where he played most of his snaps while with the Kansas City Chiefs. Still, Coughlin wouldn't rule out the potential switch or any additional potential shuffles in the future.
"We would consider him to play any spot. There’s no restrictions on what a guy can do. The combinations haven’t reached out to that for him, but if he had to go over there and play over there, I’m sure he could," Coughlin added.
The early training camp/preseason alignment that has been featured in all three preseason games to date has seen Will Beatty at left tackle, Geoff Schwartz at left guard, J.D. Walton at center, Brandon Mosley at right guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle with Weston Richburg seeing snaps at left guard, center and right guard.
Beatty is recovering and has played relatively well at left tackle so far this preseason, while Pugh has performed well at left tackle. Accordingly, what the Giants may eventually do is switch Schwartz from left guard to right guard and insert Weston Richburg, who perfectly compliments their new West Coast-style offense, in at right guard.
However, all of this is merely speculation at this point. The only certainty we have is that the Giants are not satisfied with their performance thus far and are now testing out several other options with the start of the regular season looking.
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