The biggest concern among Giants fans this summer seems to be of little concern to Ben McAdoo.
The second-year offensive coordinator said he is "excited" about his offensive line, saying it is growing and ahead of where it was a year ago.
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"The saying is: We're not where we want to be, but thank goodness we're not where we used to be," McAdoo said. "From a physicality standpoint, from a communication standpoint, they're growing."
The right side of the line has been a cause of particular stress to those who observe the team. Marshall Newhouse at tackle and John Jerry at guard did not distinguish themselves in last week's preseason opener against the Bengals. Again, though, McAdoo was positive.
"I have confidence in Marshall," he said of Newhouse, who was on the Packers when McAdoo was an assistant coach in Green Bay. "He's an athletic guy, a smart guy, and I look forward to him growing in the offense."
McAdoo even praised the Newhouse-Jerry combo.
"(Newhouse) and John Jerry are working well together," he said. "After that we have a couple of guys in the mix. One guy (Geoff Schwartz) isn't practicing at this point in time and we're going to continue to develop and see how the preseason games go. Practice is practice, but when the lights come on we need to see guys play and play well."
And where does Schwartz fit in?
"I need to see Geoff play," McAdoo said. "He's coming off a major (ankle) injury. He needs to get back on the field and he needs to do it on a consistent basis."