by John Fennelly / Lead Blogger
Giants’ OL Brandon Mosley (right) will start at RG against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Saturday night in kind of a surprise move for both him and the Giants. He has gone from third team/roster bubble status to the starting lineup in a matter of days.
The team knew Chris Snee was not going to be ready for the beginning of preseason and were priming his understudy, James Brewer, to take the bulk of the reps early on. Then Brewer left practice on Tuesday with an apparent concussion. He has since been scratched from Saturday’s game, paving the way for Mosley.
Mosley is in his second season out of Auburn, a converted tight end that did not play offensive line until his junior year at AU. He was taken in the fourth round by the Giants based on his work at RT. An ankle injury landed him on IR last summer, setting his NFL learning curve back a year.
When the Giants opened camp, I was the only member of the media to speak to Mosley to get a feel for how he was acclimating….
Today, he drew a crowd, but I already knew his story. He’s a quick study that loves to play the game. He is a player that will keep getting better with each snap, whether it be at guard or tackle.
Transcript Mosley 8.8
Q: What has it been like working with the first team? Is it much different than you’re used to?
A: Not really. It’s still the same communication with first, second, and third teams. You all have to communicate, be on the same page.
Q: Getting the start on Saturday, any butterflies?
A: No, just anxious really. Ready to get out there and do what I can do and prove to everybody what I can do.
Q: How hard was it for you last year to have to miss your whole rookie year and being a competitor and not coming out here?
A: It was very tough. I haven’t had that long off since grade school. It was tough taking that long off and not being out there on the field with everybody.
Q: When you finally were able to get on the field, did you have to be slowed down a little bit?
A: Yeah. Like I said, I was anxious. It’s been a while, so I want to get out there, fly around, and have fun.
Q: Did you play in any preseason games last year?
A: I did, I played in the first one and got hurt in the second.
Q: What’s it feel like to work with such experienced guys?
A: It’s awesome. Being able to learn stuff and being able to pick up on small things they do, it helps out a lot.
Q: At offensive line, is it a position where you sort of need an offseason in a NFL weight room and a training program to really catch up with these guys?
A: Yeah. You’ve got to. You have to work hard and work out and get strong. You have to go against some good guys at this level.
Q: Do you feel like that helped you?
A: Oh yeah, a lot.
Q: When you were on IR last year, did you study? How did you keep up with things so that when you came back you weren’t too far behind?
A: I still went into meetings every day. I sat there and watched film. Learned everything. Did a lot of mental reps more than anything. Just trying to get my knowledge better, that way when I got back, I could just fly around and have fun.
Q: Do you feel like a rookie starting over this year even though it’s your second year?
A: Kind of. I just started to get back into it really.
Q: Is there a part of you that wondered if you … obviously they invested a draft pick in you so they … Sometimes a guy gets hurt, right away they make them move on.
A: You’ve got to be able to step in wherever you can help out. Whether it’s guard, tackle, you’ve got to be able to step in and do your job.
Q: You guys go up against a pretty tough defensive line on Saturday. How important is it to go up against Pittsburgh just to see where you guys are?
A: It’s important. Just like any other defensive line in the league, they’re all big and strong. You’ve got to be on top of your game.
Q: Did Chris Snee have any advice for you?
A: Really just kind of focus on your technique… calls and just talk out there.
Q: Did he say, “Don’t be too good”?
Re: playing multiple positions along the offensive line
A: Yeah, like I said, being on the offensive line you can’t really focus on one position. You’ve got to be able to play all positions in this league. Just in case somebody goes down or something happens. You need to be able to jump in and be ready to go.
Q: And you had a little experience at tight end, too, in addition to offensive line, didn’t you? At some point in your career?
A: Yeah. In college I did.
Q: I would imagine when you came to training camp starting the preseason opener was probably not something you were expecting …?
A: No, it wasn’t, but I’m anxious to do it. I’m ready to get out there.