When he started training camp with the New York Giants, it was expected Brett Jones would start the pre-season, and stay at the end, the backup center behind Weston Richburg. Instead, he was been taking reps at right guard on the weekend against the New York Jets, replacing John Jerry. The move to the guard position, and his performance while playing there, has many talking.
Michael Hoffman is the offensive line coach of the WCS Eagles football team. He knows Jones has the talent, skill, and knowledge to make the starting five rotation on the Giants front line.
“It’s pretty evident when he gets in there and plays, he knows what’s going on, he’s very confident in what he’s doing and he’s been playing real well,” Hoffman said. “I’m really hopeful that they do give him that chance because I think once he gets in there, it’s going to be pretty hard to get him out.”
The head coach at Weyburn Comp, Darren Abel, agrees. He knows Jones has a spot cemented in the 53 man roster, he just now needs to keep up the level of play to ensure a starting spot on opening day. He also points out it isn’t just here in Weyburn who know Jones can play at the high level.
“Eli Manning in an interview here recently said he’s a guy who knows what to do, and that’s a big part of the NFL or professional football, is you’ve got to be able to do your job, and he does it very, very well,” Abel said during a break in practice for the high school team.
Jones will have one more chance in the preseason to make a good impression on the coaching staff of the Giants. New York travels to Foxboro, Massachusetts Thursday to take on the New England Patriots in their final pre-season match-up. The NFL regular season will start for Jones and the Giants on September 10th, when they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys.