New Giants lineman eager to help

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Adam Snyder, the newest offensive lineman in the New York Giants' locker room, is willing to do whatever he's asked. He has primarily played guard during his nine-year NFL career, but he's also got experience at tackle and center.

"I even played some tight end for a time," the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Snyder joked after Giants practice Thursday, likely unaware of how such a comment might be received by the Giants-watching public.

The Giants signed Snyder on Wednesday after they determined that starting left guard Geoff Schwartz needed to go on short-term injured reserve and miss the first eight weeks of the season. With reserve tackle Charles Brown limited in practice because of a shoulder injury and reserve lineman James Brewer still out with a back injury, the Giants needed a versatile depth piece on the line. Giants coach Tom Coughlin seriously said Snyder could be ready to play as early as Monday Night in the regular-season opener in Detroit.

"Sure, why not? He's a veteran," Coughlin said. "He's a good, solid offensive lineman -- a veteran offensive lineman that's played in a lot of big games. He has versatility. We'll have to work some things out as to where, but he'll probably play more than one position, to be honest with you."

Snyder is 32 years old and sports a magnificent, full, light brown beard. He played seven seasons for the 49ers, one for the Cardinals and then one more for the 49ers last year before being cut late last week.

"It's a little bit nerve-wracking, so much new all at once, but I'm up for the challenge," Snyder said. "The guys here know the offense and they can help me. Absolutely, I'd like to show them what I can do."

The Giants are likely to start rookie Weston Richburg at left guard in Schwartz's place and John Jerry at right guard Monday night. But should they have issues there, there is no reason to think Snyder couldn't play his way into some snaps or even a starting role.