When the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys play twice a season, the Giants know they have to game-plan on how to stop defensive end/outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who makes a habit of creating havoc on the field and looking to make life for Eli Manning.
The 31-year-old Ware has sacked Manning 13.5 times in his nine-year career, the most of any of the current quarterbacks in the league, which is why it is vital for Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty to keep Ware off Manning and allow his starting quarterback to be upright and pick the Cowboys secondary apart.
“He wants to beat me. I want to shut him down,” Beatty said. “You know what he can do. You know how he can destroy a team. You want to make sure that you try to prevent that as much as possible.”
In the offseason, the Giants made a large commitment to Beatty, as they re-signed him to a five-year, $38.75 million deal and are looking at him to be a cornerstone of an offensive line that had its share of ups and downs last season. Last season in the Giants 29-24 win over the Cowboys in Arlington, Ware had one sack on Manning going up against Beatty; something that still haunts the Giants left tackle and something he will look to avoid in their battle on the field this Sunday night.
“I give up one sack, it’s a bad day,” Beatty said with a laugh. “But that’s the position. That’s the job you take on; that’s the glory in it. You do well and people don’t talk to you. You’re talking to me now because of the d-end [Ware]. It’s not what I’m doing; it’s what can he possibly do.”
While some people feel that Beatty might have his hands full with Ware, Beatty's teammate Jason Pierre-Paul told Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record that he definitely feels Beatty can stop Ware, especially since he's gone up against him in practice every day for the last year and thinks he is up for the challenge.
“Going against Will Beatty gets me better [because] it’s game mode every day,” Pierre-Paul said after practice Wednesday. “If he can stick with me, he can probably stick with anybody. Oh yeah, he definitely can stick with DeMarcus (Ware),” Pierre-Paul said. “No doubt about it.”
Over the last couple of seasons, Ware has lined up at outside linebacker in former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense. Now in new Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's "Tampa 2" scheme, Ware goes back to putting his hand in the turf at defensive end; the position Ware came up in the NFL as since being drafted back in 2005.
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