Reserve offensive lineman John Greco has done the best he can to service the line in a similar fashion to Brett Jones in 2017. The New York Giants‘ reserve isn’t the biggest or strongest lineman on the team, but he certainly is the most versatile. He can play center or guard, but ultimately he can’t do it all on his own, and that’s why former Rams guard, Jamon Brown, was brought in on waivers to fill the void.
With Spencer Pulley filling in at center for the last two games, the Giants have been more vulnerable than ever. Brown will offer the Giants a bit more strength at right guard, where the Patrick Omameh experiment failed miserably.
General manager Dave Gettleman allocated a heavy sum towards Omameh – three-years, $15 million. Bringing in Brown will offer more continuity on the line, and to be quite frank, any player the Rams are willing to release is likely an upgrade on another team.
Here’s what Jamon Brown had to say about joining the New York Giants:
“It’s been crazy,” Brown said. “You’re in L.A. on Tuesday, you fly to New York on Thursday. Obviously, it was the bye week. So you fly back to L.A, and then you come back on Sunday, and here we are. One practice in it. I went back and forth twice, and then we’ll go back to San Fran (laughter). So, my frequent flyer miles are out the roof right now.”
Head coach Pat Shurmur plans to start Brown as soon as possible following the BYE week. Hopefully, he can soak in enough about the offense to give it a go, or at the very least present value as a reserve for the time being.
Shurmur stated in regard to the newly acquired guard:
“He was here all day yesterday, and he’s picked things up fairly quickly. You saw he was out there already, and I think (line coach) Hal (Hunter) and (assistant) Ben (Wilkerson) have done a good job getting him up to speed. We’re going to try to get him in there as quickly as possible. This guy started the whole season, had a little incident where he’s no longer starting, and we were thrilled he was available. He’s a big man, he’s athletic, and he certainly looks the part in some of the reps I saw today. We’ll get him up to speed quickly.”
Brown was only forced out of the starting lineup due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Moving forward he will contend as a legitimate starter for the remainder of the season and beyond.