Hopefully, the Giants coaches used a pencil when they wrote out their design for this season's offensive line.
The Giants figured their line would consist of Chris Bober at right tackle, Jason Whittle at right guard, Dusty Zeigler at center, Rich Seubert at left guard and Luke Petitgout at left tackle. The revamped model has Mike Rosenthal at right tackle, Whittle at right guard, Bober at center, and Seubert and Petitgout on the left side.
Got an eraser handy?
"If we had to start the season and play with that group I'd be fine,'' Jim Fassel said.
What else can the man say? A key factor in all the shifting is the versatility of Bober, an undrafted free agent a year ago who suddenly is Mr. Indispensable. Bober moves in as the starting center, as the availability of Zeigler for the Sept. 5 season-opener grew more cloudy. Zeigler's right knee was operated on following last season and the slower-than-anticipated recovery prompted the need for contingency plans.
"I never thought I'd be at center because I really haven't played it that much until this year,'' Bober said.
Bober added he played sparingly at center at Division II Nebraska-Omaha.
More Camp News
This what you want to see if you are the Giants player personnel department: Two high-level draft picks squaring off on the field. In a spirited morning session, cornerback Will Allen, last year's first-round pick out of Syracuse, and tight end Jeremy Shockey, this year's top pick from Miami, engaged in some friendly but intense competition in a seven-on-seven drill. Allen sprinted in to swat away a pass just before Shockey could grab hold, prompting Shockey to shout "You got lucky, you got lucky.''
Allen gave it back to Shockey as the two slapped hands. "I always mess with him when I'm covering him,'' Allen said.
Shockey then failed to hold onto a pass as he was slammed in the back by safety DeWayne Patmon and on the next play Shockey simply dropped a short pass when he started to turn and run before he had secured the ball.
Allen completed his active session when he rammed into WR Jonathan Carter to break up a play.
Jim Fassel had high praise for WR Amani Toomer. "He's really having a good camp and his attitude is phenomenal,'' Fassel said.
Fassel admitted "It becomes an interesting dilemma'' with regard to how many quarterbacks he will activate during the regular season. He's working Jesse Palmer as the backup to Kerry Collins, but Jason Garrett, the No. 3 QB, is the first-team holder for field goals. Garrett is clearly the best holder on the team, while Palmer is slowly re-learning a skill he hasn't needed since high school. There's a chance all three quarterbacks could be activated, which means a valuable roster spot would not be available.