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Career hasn't been a snap for Giants center J.D. Walton

Giants guard Eric Herman and center J.D. Walton

Giants guard Eric Herman and center J.D. Walton work with the big ball during practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on July 24, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

It may seem like football always is about the quarterback. But the quarterback can't do anything until the fellow playing J.D. Walton's position, center, snaps the ball. And the quarterback won't be able to do much without efficient play by Walton and his offensive line mates.

Since he took up the game as a seventh grader in Allen, Texas, Walton has been a lineman. "Yeah," he said, though grinning about it. "Never got to have any fun."

Actually, he's quite happy to be playing in the NFL again after an ankle injury suffered in September of 2012 with the Denver Broncos caused him to miss almost two full seasons. "Dislocated it," he said. "Then it got infected. So I had to have a couple more surgeries."

Physical therapy was boring. "Very," he said.

Denver waived him in December 2013, he was claimed by Washington, but then "free agency came," he said. "Had some other teams interested, but the best fit was here."

Living in New Jersey so far, though, he said he "can't go hunting or fishing. Haven't had time" to find the country places for that, he said.

Absent Beckham Jr. hurts

Coach Tom Coughlin said he is "more than" disappointed that first-round choice Odell Beckham Jr. missed a fourth day of camp with a hamstring injury. "You're trying to put a team together," Coughlin said. "We saw too much of that in the spring. It'd be nice to get him back practicing."

Beckham fielded a few punts during drills and catching passes from a throwing machine but did not run, and won't until the team's trainers clear him. "I can stand there and fight all I want but it's not going to happen, Coughlin said.

Codger Coughlin?

Rookie defensive tackle Jay Bromley, asked to describe the famously demanding Coughlin, said, "He knows what he wants. Just like my grandpa."


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