Greco Takes Center Stage for Giants

John Greco will be the starting center for the New York Giants in Week 3 and likely for the rest of the season.

The 33-year-old has played all over the offensive line in his career. Greco played tackle in college at Toledo and has played guard in the NFL. Now, the veteran is manning the middle of an NFL offensive line that has struggled early on this season.

Greco’s insertion into the starting lineup will inject poise and knowledge to an offensive line in need of stabilization.

Greco will be snapping the ball to quarterback Eli Manning after Jon Halapio went down with a fractured leg and broken ankle in the loss to the Dallas Cowboys. To his credit, Greco came in and did an admirable job filling in trying circumstances.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 31: Eli Manning #10 and John Greco #73 of the New York Giants in action against the Washington Redskins on December 31, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 18-10. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The transition to playing center won’t be easy and the former third-round pick hasn’t started a game since 2016.

The Giants traded center Brett Jones this offseason, a move that opened up a roster spot for Greco. Ironic, since it will be his position versatility that will have him see the field this weekend against the Houston Texans.

Greco’s ability to snap the ball is the main reason why he’ll be starting in Week 3.

“It’s out of my control,” Greco said Wednesday.  “I’m here, I’m the starting center right now and what transpired and what went down I have no control over, I have nothing to do with.

“At this point, I’m in there playing and snapping the ball, that’s all I’m focused on right now is trying to do everything I can from the center position to help us get a win.”

And while Halapio did a solid job at center for the Giants, the veteran experience and savvy of Greco can only help this unit.

The offensive line has been maligned during the Giants’ 0-2 start, with fingers being pointed at the group for the offense’s slow start to the year. Greco is certainly experienced with 118 NFL appearances and 70 starts to his resume.

Manning has full confidence in Greco getting the job done against the Texans.

With starting center Jon Halapio out for the season, the Giants will call on veteran offensive lineman John Greco in Week 3 against the Texans. Quarterback Eli Manning says he has faith in Greco and thinks he'll get the job done on Sunday.

“He’s a vet and he’s been here, he knows what he’s doing, so I thought he did a good job [last week],” Manning said about his new center. “We’ll meet this week — I always meet with the offensive line and the centers especially and just talk a bunch about how we make calls,”

“We’ve just got to start watching [film on] Houston, but we usually meet with them just quarterbacks, offensive line at least two times a week and just go over different looks, different calls to make sure we’re prepared for whatever calls we might have to make during the game.”

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