Prized free agent acquisition Geoff Schwartz will not participate in Giants practice on Wednesday evening. Schwartz banged up his knee in team drills yesterday and he’s still dealing with some soreness. He did briefly return to the field after a bout of knee flexing on the sidelines, but the Giants are rightfully taking the cautious approach with their most stable offensive lineman.
Coughlin said Geoff Schwartz had a sore knee, won’t practice today. #Giants
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 6, 2014
Rookie Weston Richburg, who’s currently playing “ring around the rosy” along Big Blue’s offensive front, will once again fill in for Schwartz at left guard. Richburg divided time between C and G in his professional debut against Buffalo, definitely appearing more comfortable at his natural spot on the center of the line. Overall, he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of -1.9, and -2.2 specific to 26 run blocking snaps.
GMEN HQ lead writer, James Pennisi, had an interesting take on the Giants usage of Richburg early in the process:
“I wonder if not letting him get one position down will stunt the growth of Richburg. Or perhaps the versatility will help him develop further down the line. An interesting argument could be made for either side of the coin.”
Of course, it’s not at all farfetched that Richburg could be the Giants starting right guard in week 1. With so many uncertainties among the big uglies, the organization can’t afford to be reactive. All viable options must be entertained.