Justin Pugh began his career with the Giants as a right tackle. He may be heading back there as one possible solution if Bobby Hart is unable to play Monday night because of a sprained ankle.
“Wherever they need me, I’m ready to go,” Pugh said Thursday.
Ben McAdoo said other options remain in play, including having undrafted rookie Chad Wheeler make his first NFL start or having D.J. Fluker, who also began his career at tackle and moved to guard, take over.
“We’ll roll a couple of different guys in there (at practice), take a look at them, and see how the week goes,” McAdoo said. “We have a variety of guys who are talented and can go out there and play at the right tackle spot.”
Unlike those other options, moving Pugh to that spot would require two moves instead of one. If Pugh does play right tackle, Brett Jones likely would step into his vacated spot at left guard. McAdoo did not seem averse to making multiple changes.
“We’ll lean towards who can help us put the best five out there,” he said.
No third wheels
McAdoo dismissed criticism that his dual roles of head coach and offensive play-caller are too much for him to handle, arguing that it actually streamlines the process.
“The difference is you take a third wheel out of the game management part of it,” McAdoo said of not having to relay information to an offensive coordinator who then would call the plays.
Given the poor opening performance by the Giants’ offense on the back of last year’s disappointing numbers, everything regarding the unit is open to dissection. McAdoo, though, seems glued to calling his offensive system after giving, for the first time, direct reasons for the double duty.
“I have a chance to manage the game and call the plays on offense,” he said. “I think that’s easier than having a third spoke in the wheel.”
LB Keenan Robinson remains in the concussion protocol . . . CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand), DT Jay Bromley (knee) and WR Tavarres King (ankle) were listed on the injury report but participated fully in practice Thursday. Jenkins did not appear to have a wrap or other protective device on his hand.