Giants Counting on Depth at Center to Anchor the Offensive Line

There are many new faces in the New York Giants locker room this year, particularly on the offensive line.

Following the final day of the Giants’ three-day mandatory mini-camp last Thursday, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty spoke about some of the new players, such as center J.D. Walton and guard/center Weston Richburg.

“They’re getting better every day. They’re really taking the bull by the horn and challenging themselves to learn the new offense,” Flaherty said.

Challenging it must be too, particularly for Richburg, who Flaherty has playing both center and guard.

“You’ve got to get in there and play, especially when you’re young. 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,” Flaherty said.

Richburg, who the Giants took in the second round (43rd overall), started 50 games at Colorado State, including three as a red-shirt sophomore after recovering from a broken right hand.

Walton, a five-year veteran, has experience in the zone blocking offense run by Denver, having played there for three years.

Having the young Richburg and the veteran Walton does not change how the Giant plan to set up the offensive line.

“I think that the center position is as important as a left tackle, as right guard, as left guard, as a right tackle,” Flaherty said.

‘What we’re going to ask our center to do in the months coming forward is to help us more with the directing of the offense and take some of that off of the quarterback with our system.”

Even with the new system, Flaherty is impressed with how both Walton and Richburg have responded.

“Change is going to happen, we all know that. We all understand in most businesses that there is going to be change on sometimes a daily basis, most of the time on a yearly basis and that’s the profession that we’re in right now,” he said.

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