Earlier this month, New York Giants center Weston Richburg was interviewed by CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and we learned several thinngs about the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Speaking primarily about his offseason regimen while training at former NFL lineman LeCharles Bentley's Arizona-based "O-Line Performance Center", we learned he is serious about his craft and is not shy to call others out regarding their lack of dedication.
"The percentage of guys who are just OK to be there (in the league) is pretty high," Richburg told Prisco. "This is pretty rare. The majority of my offensive line is not doing anything right now."
A backhanded swipe in which Richburg explained to reporters yesterday as a comment that came out wrong, but it was still a telling one.
"Well, those things were taken out of context," he said at the first day of the club's OTAs. "Speaking on what I believe about the place I train, I think it is a great spot. I wish everybody could be out there because we do some really great stuff. Like I said, I will be out there every off-season until I am done playing."
Since the new CBA went into effect in 2011, players have had less time to train, hit and simulate football activities in the offseason. Richburg is the type of player that takes initiative and was a borderline Pro Bowler last season. He was considered a leader when the Giants drafted him, and he is assuming that role now that he has cemented his presence at center.
Richburg has been trying to get his linemates to join him at Bentley's camp, and has successfully recruited only guard John Jerry to date.
"Well [Jerry] is out there with me now, so like I said, I would love to have everybody out there. It is a great spot and we do a lot of good work," Richburg said. "We are not just bench pressing. We are doing things that are applicable to what we are doing on the field, so we may do a lifting movement but then go to the field and kind of show how that movement translates to what we do on the field in pass blocking or run blocking."
Guard Justin Pugh could be the next one to join, but he has his own offseason regimen that includes a rigorous MMA-style run by FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer, a seasoned MMA enthusiast and trainer.
Ereck Flowers and Marhall Newhouse, the tackles, were both inconsistent at times last season, something the Giants are trying to fine tune this year. Flowers especially should embrace such an offseason program since the team has so much invested in him.
Richburg says he remains dedicated to the unit and believes he and the other players will continue to grow and bring the Giants' offensive line back to prominence.
"I really like the guys we have in our room," Richburg said, "and I think the fact that it stayed consistent personnel-wise says something about the group we have, and I think guys believe that we can do some really great things together, and it is just going to take that consistency, being out there as much as possible with that same group."
Richburg was asked his impression of new head coach Ben McAdoo's presence on the field at OTAs.
"It is great," he said. "He is a guy that is going to stay consistent and I think he has, even though his title has changed. He brings a lot of excitement; as you can see, there is a lot of music and things going on out here that kind of keeps it up-tempo, but it has been great so far, a lot of energy from the guys and it has been fun."