The Giants “won’t be afraid” to start Weston Richburg at center in Week 1, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano (ESPN, July 4).
Richburg, picked in the second round of the 2014 draft, will challenge free-agent signing J.D. Walton for the starting spot.
The position “could absolutely go either way,” Graziano said.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Walton is healthy but hasn’t played in what amounts to two seasons. Richburg was the highest-rated center in the draft. One player going up, one player going down. No matter. This tandem has more potential than any the team has had in several years. The real positive, however, is that both can fit into Ben McAdoo’s offense.
Walton and Richburg were being flip-flopped during minicamp and tried at guard, something OL coach Pat Flaherty said was done intentionally.
“You know the main reason?”, Flaherty explained a few weeks back. “And you guys have been around me, people say, ‘Well, you flip this guy back and forth.’ I don’t like them standing around. How are they going to do good standing beside me, right? You’ve got to get in there in play, especially when you’re young. You have a lot of energy, you’re young just like everybody before me. You’ve got a lot of energy to do that so use your energy. It’s only going to make you better. He’s learning the position, not only at center, he’s learning at guard and he’s progressing.”
The Giants signed Walton because they felt he could make the roster and possibly start until they found a permanent solution. But once Richburg fell to them in Round Two, the writing has been on the wall that Richburg is the team’s center of the future.