John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants knew their offensive line was a mess after last season. Depending on who you ask, it’s still a mess two weeks before the start of this season.
On the first day of free agency, they signed LG Geoff Schwartz to a four-year, $16.8 million deal as the first step in rebuilding the line.
Schwartz dislocated his toe in Friday’s win over the Jets and is expected to miss at least a month. So it begins…
“We don’t want to lose anybody and losing Geoff is a major disappointment,” Tom Coughlin said on his Saturday conference call. “Let’s not jump to conclusions, let’s see what happens when the evaluation is completed as to what the length of time is involved.”
The Giants’ second salvo this past season in addressing the line was drafting Weston Richburg in the second round. They were hoping to have both players in the lineup come opening day, but that’s not going to happen now. Richburg will likely take Schwartz’ spot on the line until further notice.
“We have done various experiments with people at different spots and Richburg has been in there,” Coughlin said. “John Jerry has been in there now and played substantially last night. So we have had the chance to maneuver people around. Dallas Reynolds has played guard as well, so we will just continue to operate in that fashion and hopefully there will be no setback and we can hopefully continue.”
Coughlin was just being cautious. Richburg is probably his best option.
“(Richburg) is taking a lot of snaps and he did get a lot of snaps last night. He did alright last night. He plays a number of positions whether it be both guards or both guards and center on any one given night, so he has had to adjust to both sides of the center and the center position as well. He did okay last night and he is a talented young man that is in a position where he is going to have to help us.”