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Giants make more changes along the offensive line

The New York Giants are continuing to futz with their struggling offensive line in hopes of finding some type of stability and continuity. They have made several changes since the beginning of the season, some based on injuries while others were prompted by poor play.

RT Ereck Flowers was released after he did not embrace a position change and is now with his former coaches in Jacksonville. His role has been assumed by second-year UDFA Chad Wheeler.

“He’s done good,” offensive line coach Hal Hunter said of Wheeler. “What happens is when he’s not taking those reps basically he’s running his plays off of cards getting the defense ready for their opponent. He’s not really running your offense, but he did a really good job with doing the tech – we coached up technically, I coached him up technically and kept him up to speed what we’re doing. He did a good job in the meetings understanding what’s going on so he’s making some good progress fitting into what we’re trying to do. I think he’s been fairly productive. It’s always a challenge, you’re always matched up against good rushers on the outside edge, but I’m pleased with the progress he’s made. He’s got a great attitude and he’s shown some good toughness, some good competitiveness.”

Center Jon Halapio suffered a broken ankle in the second week of the season and was replaced by John Greco. Brett Jones, who finished last year at center, was traded before the season began to the Minnesota Vikings.

Patrick Omameh, who the Giants brought in as a free agent to play right guard, has been atrocious this season. He was on the verge of getting benched but as fate would have it, will miss this week’s game due to a knee injury. The Giants will move Greco to right guard against Atlanta this week and insert Spencer Pulley at center. Pulley started all 16 games at center last season for the Los Angeles Chargers. He was mysteriously cut by the Chargers and adroitly picked up by the Giants before the season.

“He’s really smart,” said Hunter. “The first thing I did when we got him I called Phillip Rivers to ask about him and Phillip gave me great insight into the guy and so based on that it helped me coach the guy a little bit. He’s tough and he’s athletic. I think he’s got a good grasp of the offense and I think he is pushing toward perhaps maybe being one of the first five. We’ll see what happens as the season goes on. (John) Greco’s done a great job filling in. He did the same thing for me in Cleveland. He was a guard that actually was forced into playing center when our center got hurt in Cleveland. That’s kind of what’s happened here. He’s a guard that’s been forced into center play and he’s been really solid at the center position these last couple of weeks.”

This week’s lineup will have Nate Solder (who has a neck injury) at left tackle, rookie Will Hernandez at left guard, Pulley at center, Greco at right guard and Wheeler at right tackle.

Could this be the combination that finally gets the job done for the Giants?

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