Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Newhouse Stands Ground

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Newhouse Stands Ground

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CINCINNATI - Marshall Newhouse is hardly blindsided by the notion that so many believe he is destined to fail as the right tackle for the Giants, the job he currently owns.

Having been demoted from a starting position twice previously in his career with the Packers and Bengals, Newhouse knows the reality: He's being judged from snap to snap, drill to drill, play to play and week to week, essentially without a safety net.

And there would be no greater evaluation of where Newhouse stands with the Giants to this point than how he fared against his former team on Tuesday afternoon.

"One of the harsh truths of the NFL is that they are always looking to replace you," Newhouse said. "You're there in the present, but there's always a look to the future. I'm just trying to prove with my play that I belong."

Newhouse and the rest of the Giants' offensive line -- criticized for lackluster play against their own defense since the start of training camp - actually stood their ground in their first chance on the field opposite another team.

There is a long way to go before they are ready for the challenge waiting for them in the Sept. 13 regular-season opener in Dallas, but if you expected the Giants' offensive front - still without projected right guard Geoff Schwartz (foot) - to get pushed all over the field by the Bengals, that kind of dominance never materialized.

In fact, the Giants and Bengals seemingly got everything they'd hoped out of the first of two practices in the shadow of Paul Brown Stadium. There was some physicality on display in the trenches, some remarkable game-breaking ability at wide receiver with Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. and the Bengals' A.J. Green, and a level of intensity so often missing from the stripped-down practices forced upon old school coaches Tom Coughlin and Marvin Lewis by the collective bargaining agreement. …

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