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Geoff Schwartz returns for the Giants, but where will he play?

New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz #74 watches

New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz #74 watches practice during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, Aug 7, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

Geoff Schwartz is back on the field. Now the Giants just have to figure out where he'll fit best.

Asked whether the veteran offensive lineman is a guard or a tackle, Tom Coughlin essentially said: Yes.

"He's played all those positions his whole career -- both sides -- so, wherever we need him," Coughlin said. "He's smart enough, he understands it, he can play multiple positions."

He did that on Sunday, his first action since taking a week-long breather to rest his surgically repaired foot and ankle. He began the practice as the second-string right guard and then, when starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse left the workout with heat-related issues, Schwartz jumped in at right tackle with the ones.

"When you're in the heat of it and they tell you go play right tackle you don't even have time to think about it," Schwartz said. "Your training takes over."

Eventually, though, the Giants will have to settle on an offensive line configuration. If he's healthy, that will most likely include Schwartz. Based on Friday's preseason game, the Giants could use an upgrade at both the right guard and right tackle spots. Schwartz, though, can only play one at a time.

After missing so much practice time, he'll take just the one. Either one.

Missing the team's week-long trip to Cincinnati might have actually been beneficial for him.

"I think they wanted to give me that time," he said. "They could have brought me if they thought I was going to be able to practice. But I used the week off to kind of physically get right and mentally get ready to go. And I think it paid off."

He said he is planning on playing Saturday against the Jaguars, but he knows that his real destiny will be the following week.

"I think when we get to the Jets week [in Week 3 of the preseason], that's gameplan week and I'm pretty sure that whatever five they trot out there for the Jets game is the way they feel good about going," Schwartz said. "Typically when you have that line set for that third preseason game, it's kind of what they're thinking the line will be."


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