Center J.D. Walton said his ankle is 100 percent and he’s ready to go (Orr, May 20).
Walton also said he expects to start this season, despite the Giants drafting Weston Richburg with their second-round pick.
“Nothing wrong with competition He’s a good kid,” Walton said (Schwartz, May 20).
The Giants signed Walton on March 12. The 26-year-old suffered a dislocated ankle on September 30, 2012, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He hasn’t played since.
The Broncos cut Walton in December (Smith, December 17). Walton has started all 36 games he’s played in over his four-year career.
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If Walton is healthy, that’s a good problem for the Giants. It will take the pressure off Richburg so he can absorb the new surroundings and new offense. If Walton wins the starting job, it would be another free agent win for GM Jerry Reese, who took a flyer on on him with a two-year, $5 million ($3 mil guaranteed) contract in March.
The benefit to a healthy Walton is that it gives the Giants something that haven’t had in recent memory – two healthy, top-notch centers. Richburg can also be used at guard, if needed. The plan appears to be for Richburg to take the job over at some point, though, but in case he can’t, Walton will be a more than adequate option.