It may look like a battle between incumbent David Diehl and second-year player Will Beatty at left tackle, but Kevin Gilbride said it’s not.
“It’s the best five guys playing,” Gilbride said of the starting offensive line. “So it’s not Can Will beat out David at left tackle? It’s Can Will play well enough at left tackle that you would move David in? So he’s really beating out Rich Seubert, that’s who he’s beating out. Whether that will happen or not remains to be seen.”
That won’t be easy for Beatty, even though he’s had a terrific spring by all accounts. And there were times in this minicamp when the Giants did line up with Diehl at left guard and Beatty at left tackle (Guy Whimper has also taken some snaps at guard with the starters.)
“You have a guy who is maybe the heart and soul of your offensive group,” Gilbride said of Seubert. “He is not surrendering that position without a fight, that is not going to happen. Richie kind of embodies everything that you want in an offensive lineman. He’s a feisty, tough, combative …”
He’s also 31 years old and coming off shoulder surgery.
“He’s never going to articulate that anything is wrong,” Gilbride said of Seubert’s injuries. “He’s never going to express that anything is holding him back. He’s a guy that just came off shoulder surgery, so it’s going to slow him down, but when camp starts he’ll go out and he’ll hit and he’ll be just as physical as everybody else. Now, will it diminish his play? If I had a bet, I would never bet against him.”
By the way, Seubert might be fighting for his job but he wanted Gilbride to make it clear that he did not start the fight at the minicamp practice on tuesday afternoon. That was started between rookie Jason Pierre-Paul and Chris Snee. That Seubert wound up on top of Pierre-Paul once the dust settled, well, maybe he was just showing how much progress his shoulder has made.