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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants’ offensive and quarterback Daniel Jones will work on a new center Thursday night against the Washington Football Team, with the plan to get newly acquired Billy Price off while Nick Gates slips over to the left guard , according to several sources.
Gates started all 16 games last season and Week 1 this year at center. He has started a game in the NFL on guard, week 15 of the 2019 season in a 36-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the final start of Eli Manning’s career. Running back Saquon Barkley rushed to 112 yards and two touchdowns in that competition.
The switch on the Giants’ offensive line is a result of starting left guard Shane Lemieux being put on the sideline by a knee injury. Lemieux tried to play through the injury in the opening, but failed to get through the first half. His season is now in jeopardy.
So the Giants choose to put Price in the starting lineup, just over two weeks after they acquired him in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals. New York sent early third-round pick BJ Hill and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2022 to Cincinnati for Price.
The Giants also sign center Matt Skura to their active roster, according to his agent, David Canter. Skura was recently signed to the training team.