EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- -The Giants have already made four changes to their starting offensive line either due to performance or injury.
Monday night could see the fifth edition of the struggling offensive unit if the Giants turn to guard Jamon Brown, acquired off waivers last week from the Rams, to step in at right guard when the Giants visit the 49ers.
Brown has already drawn some glowing reviews from his new head coach and teammates.
“He’s a good-looking guy and we’ve spent – what we’ve been allowed to do this weekend – time with him,” head coach Pat Shurmur said, acknowledging that it was “a possibility” of Brown being in the starting lineup this week.
“He was here all day (Monday), and he’s picked things up fairly quickly. I think Hal (Hunter) and Ben (Wilkerson) have done a good job getting him up to speed. We’re going to try to get him in there as quickly as possible. He’s a big man, he’s athletic, and he certainly looks the part in some of the reps I saw today. We’ll get him up to speed quickly.”
Linebacker Alec Ogletree, who used to practice against Brown when the two were with the Rams, said that the fourth-year offensive lineman’s strength is in run blocking.
“Yeah, for sure. You’ll see him out there--he definitely moves stuff around,” Ogletree said. “He’s physical and aggressive. That’s what he likes to do. It’ll be a good fit for us.”
Ogletree added that Brown has gotten better every season.
“I played with him for three years, so I definitely saw the growth that he’s shown over the years,” he said. “He was starting at one point, but ended up not playing the first four games, and came back and kind of didn’t get back on the field. They let him go. I’m glad they did, because we picked him up. Definitely looking forward to him bringing that attitude and a sense of leadership that we need for sure.”
Brown, a soft-spoken young man, can play both left and right guard. He said he plans to bring the same energy to the 1-7 Giants as he did to the 8-1 Rams.
“At the end of the day, you approach it all the same,” he said. “Whether you’re 8-1, whether you’re 1-7, it doesn’t change your approach about anything. You attack it the same is all I can say about that. We’re going to make sure we do everything we can to try to turn it around and finish the season strong.”