Giants morning run: What is the best offensive line combination?
By Jordan Raanan | NJ.com
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on August 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated August 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM
EAST RUTHERFORD -- The Giants were trying a little bit of everything on Tuesday afternoon.
Right tackle Justin Pugh was playing left tackle. Right guard Brandon Mosley was playing right tackle. Weston Richburg was playing every interior spot.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin is mixing and matching right now, getting guys reps at different spots just in case and/or because they need to prepare for everything. At least he has a lot of options, even if they aren't of the highest quality.
Given the choice, my starting five would be Will Beatty at left tackle, Richburg at left guard, J.D. Walton at center, Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Pugh at right tackle. That combination -- one the Giants have yet to try -- makes sense.
It puts the two best run blockers (Pugh and Schwartz) on the same side. It puts Schwartz in the position he's most comfortable in after having played on the right side in Kansas City. It puts the two fleetest-of-foot linemen (Beatty and Richburg) on the left side. That should work well for screens, an integral part of coordinator Ben McAdoo's new offense.
It also leaves Brandon Mosley as the odd-man out. Mosley has been average, at best, so far in the preseason. At this point, might as well go with the rookie second-round pick (Richburg) over an average player.
Sound like a solid plan? What do you think? What would be your choice for a starting Giants offensive line in Week 1?