The New York Giants is one of the teams with the most personnel changes in this off-season around the league. Coach Tom Coughlin wants to implement a spirit of competition on the team, trying to make the franchise a contender once again – and it all starts from the inside. Players are going to have to fight for their spots, be it for a starting position or a back up.
Today we take a look at one of the positions that are up for grabs – center.
In this match up we have a battle between a rookie and a veteran.
JD Walton, a four year veteran, was drafted by the Broncos and played in Denver for three seasons. After being put on the injury list caused by a dislocated ankle, Walton started rehab but was waived by the team in December 2013. A short stunt on the Redskins and a lot of rehab later he apparently is ready to come back and is the favorite to start as the Giant’s center after being signed as a free agent.
Weston Richburg is a rookie drafted in the second round out of Colorado State. The 22 year old made the All-Mountain Western Conference First Team and is set to make Walton run for his money.
The two players are similar in physical conditions, both being 6’3 feet and around 300 pounds. It seems the two are going to have to battle it out during summer camp to impress the coach, since the competition is so close.
So the first decision Coughlin is going to have to make is if he prefers a rookie with development potential for the future and a fresh unharmed body or a veteran that has already played in a winning team and might have the edge if he is indeed healthy.
This summer is sure going to be interesting for the Giants’ coaching staff.