Second-year offensive lineman Bobby Hart is somewhat of the unknown on the New York Giants' offensive line.
The seventh-round draft pick from Florida in 2015 is a lineman with versatility. He can play tackle. He can play guard. He can perform on either side of the line.
The problem is that he does not have a starting job.
New coach Ben McAdoo told Hart in the offseason that he wanted him to push veteran Marshall Newhouse for the starting job at right tackle.
So far, Newhouse is continuing to get the reps with the first team, leaving Hart playing mostly with the second team.
Hart played with the first team on Monday at right guard when John Jerry could not continue on a hot and humid day because of an illness.
"You have no choice," Hart said of the switch after practice. "It's something that I have to do for the team if that's what it comes down to, so I have to be sharp on that (guard) as well."
It's what backups do. But don't call Hart a backup. He doesn't like it. He sees himself as a starter, not matter what group he is playing with.
"That's my mindset," Hart said. "If I have a sixth-man mindset, that I'm the sixth man, that's not me. I was a starter in high school. I was a starter at Florida State. I plan to start here. If it comes down to it and coach McAdoo says that's what you role needs to be for the team, I'll accept that role and excel at that role. But my main role is to be ultimately a starter." >> Read more
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