Starting RG Chris Snee did not participate in yesterday’s OTA at TPC. He is still rehabbing from offseason hip surgery and probably won’t do a whole lot before training camp. But he can watch, and he can help the new offensive lineman the Giants are bringing into camp this summer.
The Giants’ top pick, Justin Pugh and seventh-rounder Eric Herman are the two players the Giants hope can bolster their aging, sagging offensive line. Snee knows they will be leaning on him for counsel and some pointers.
“The time’s come and we’re certainly not getting any younger,” Snee told reporters yesterday. “From what I’ve seen and heard, this kid (Pugh) is a good guy who will fit in our locker and meeting room well. He’s a hard worker. He doesn’t know it, but I’ve been sitting back kind of watching him. He works and so does the other guy. Herman works hard, too. Those are guys we’d like to have around here.”
Pugh is being penciled in at RT. Herman will strictly be a guard and is a likely choice to succeed Snee should the 10-year vet decide to pack it in after this season. Pugh is expected to make an immediate impact. He may end up starting early on in the season, right next to Snee on the line. Is he ready, though?
“Well, that’s the thing,” said Snee. “He’s surrounded by veteran guys who’ve been through that adjustment and it is an adjustment. He seems very professional when he comes in here. He’s been working in the weight room, pays attention in meetings, asks questions…at this point in time that’s all you can do. You just try to get a handle on the offense as quickly as you can.”
“He’s certainly trying. It’s not easy. Everything’s kind of thrown at you quickly. The coaches like to see how these young guys adjust when everything is thrown at you, especially when the games come around. They can’t coach up on everything. There’s stuff he’ll see and have to adjust so I think that’s what their checking out now.”
Pugh did not play with the 1′s. David Diehl began the day at RT. Pugh was in the second group. Snee’s reps at RG were taken by James Brewer, who had predominantly been used as a tackle in the past. Interesting. Center David Baas (elbow) also did not participate. He had offseason elbow surgery and was expected to miss most of the events leading up to camp. His spot was handled by Jim Cordle.