Marshall Newhouse shows versatility on O-Line

Posted Nov 16, 2016

Marshall Newhouse proved he can be an effecitve guard for the Giants:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Thanksgiving Day 2013 was anything but a joyous holiday for Marshall Newhouse.

He had been relegated to backup tackle one year after starting every game for the Green Bay Packers. When the Pack visited Detroit for the Lions’ annual Turkey Day game, injuries left the line in tatters, forcing Newhouse to line up at a position he had last played in high school.

“Our center went down,” Newhouse said today. “The right guard went to center and I came off the bench I went to right guard. I went in there and just stunk up the joint. I wasn’t ready for that. I hadn’t really prepared mentally for that. It was a different time in my career. I played against Ndamukong Suh, so that was fun.”

About as much fun as enduring Green Bay’s 40-10 loss.

On Monday night, injuries to the Giants’ O-line against Cincinnati left Newhouse at guard, this time on the left side. But he acquitted himself much more favorably, and helped the Giants defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-20.


“You ask a guy if he wants to get thrown in at guard having not done it against a guy like (Pro Bowl defensive tackle) Geno Atkins,” Newhouse said. “They probably say probably not. That was a test in its own. Eli (Manning) still got hit. We take pride in him staying clean. That’s something that we can move forward from and improve on. As far as me personally, I think I held my own. I only hope to get better. There is a lot of work to get done. I’m nowhere near satisfied. I’m hopeful and encouraged.”

The Giants rushed for a season-high 122 yards and held the ball for the final 3:01, when the Bengals desperately wanted to get it back for one last opportunity to win the game. Rashad Jennings twice picked up big first downs, the first on a 9-yard run on third-and-six, and the second on a 25-yard scamper that clinched the victory.

When the season – and that game - began, Newhouse didn’t think he’d be playing guard at such a crucial juncture. He began the season at his familiar right tackle position, where he started all 14 games he played in 2015, his first year with the Giants. But Newhouse hurt his calf in a Week 2 victory against New Orleans and missed five games. Bobby Hart stepped in at right tackle and remained there when Newhouse returned to action, as an extra lineman/tight end against Philadelphia.

Last week, he took practice reps at guard, because Justin Pugh would miss the Cincinnati game with a knee injury.

“It definitely didn’t feel super familiar,” Newhouse said. “I’ve been a lineman for a while. I feel like I’m pretty athletic and picked up on it pretty fast. There’s a lot of new nuances that you have to work through.”

Pugh’s replacement, Brett Jones, left the game in the first series with a calf injury. Newhouse and Adam Gettis split snaps before the seven-year veteran played the entire second half. Three years after his unpleasant experience in Detroit, Newhouse proved he can be an effective NFL guard.


He was asked how “drastically different” guard is from tackle.

“Drastically is the word I would use, for sure,” Newhouse said. “Especially from side to side. Your hips, hands and feet. The guys you’re working with and the calls. Everything is different. It’s new. I take pride in knowing assignments. Assignment-wise I was on key. There wasn’t stuff that I was confused about. It was just the muscle memory of everything and having to do it in a split second notice against a top-tier player in a top-tier defense. It’s pretty difficult.

“I got in a little groove, especially working with (center) Weston (Richburg). I was asking him what he wants from me at guard. The same with (left tackle) Ereck (Flowers) outside. Just what they want. The communication and everything got us in a little rhythm. That was good for them, too, having me in there.”

Pugh, Jones and Gettis (who also has a calf injury) all missed practice today, so Newhouse might get another chance to line up at guard when the Giants host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I think I held my own,” Newhouse said. “I’m encouraged but there’s a lot of work to do. I’m looking forward to helping my team win and improving my play even more.”

*Pugh is not expected to face the Bears, and the status of Jones and Gettis is up in the air.

“(Gettis) was moving around a little bit in the jog-thru,” coach Ben McAdoo said, “but he and Brett, we'll have to evaluate as the week goes on.”

In addition to the three linemen, wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris (toe) also missed practice.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle) and running back Orleans Darkwa (lower leg) were limited. Cruz did not play against the Bengals.

*Five Bears missed practice: offensive linemen Mike Adams (illness) and Bobby Massie (concussion), defensive linemen Eddie Goldman (ankle) and Mitch Unrein (back), and defensive back Deiondre’ Hall (ankle).