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Weston Richburg always ready to step up on offensive line

Giants center Weston Richburg (60) blocks against the

Giants center Weston Richburg (60) blocks against the Buffalo Bills during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. Credit: AP / David Richard

Weston Richburg is not satisfied with his development as a rookie offensive lineman.

"Oh, no," he said. "I think if you are content with how you are playing, I think you're cheating yourself. I always want to get better. I had some mistakes in the game that I want to correct and get better."

He is, however, prepared to step into the starting lineup. With veteran Geoff Schwartz undergoing evaluation on his dislocated right big toe this week and possibly needing season-ending surgery, Richburg seems to be the player the Giants want to play left guard. He filled in for Schwartz against the Jets and was there with the starters in yesterday's practice.

"As an offensive lineman, you have to be ready for something like that," Richburg said of coming into Friday's game when Schwartz was injured. "The starters are playing a lot. We're in there more. We don't rotate as much as some other positions do, so you have to be ready for any kind of injury or anything like that that happens. I was ready for whatever came at me."


Beckham Jr. still out

Odell Beckham Jr. worked on the side Sunday, missing yet another preseason practice. It was a week ago Monday that he appeared to aggravate his hamstring injury. The Giants claimed that he was "fine" and it was "not a setback," but the first-round pick hasn't practiced or played since. It seems unlikely he will play against the Patriots in the preseason finale on Thursday.

"I would like the next time someone asks me [about Beckham] to have him out here practicing so I don't have to answer it," Tom Coughlin said. "I would like to see the young man practice before he got into the regular season. That would certainly be a good thing."

Beckham has not participated in a full practice since April and had been a limited participant in just four workouts this preseason.


Giant steps

RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) returned to practice after missing time last week . . . CB Prince Amukamara (groin) ran drills on the side and stayed after practice to work with the defensive backs but did not practice.

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