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New York Giants’ Will Beatty Admits Struggles are Related to Over-Thinking, Trying to Do Too Much

December 5th, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants tackle Will Beatty realizes 2013 has not gone as planned. After signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal, he came into the season looking to live up to the contract he had just inked; looking to reward the Giants for their loyalty and faith. But after suffering through his worst game of the season against the Washington Redskins, Beatty owned up to his struggles on Wednesday, admitting that he's tried to do too much and has been routinely over-thinking.

"I know I came into this year trying to do too much," Beatty told ESPN's Dan Graziano. "Last year was a good year for me because I was just focused on the task at hand. And then you get the contract, and you know the eyes are on you, people are expecting more from you. And I'm out there thinking, 'I want to earn that contract, I want to make sure they know I wasn't a fluke.' And I end up blowing it out of proportion."

Just how poorly Beatty has played is somewhat remarkable. In only 12 games this season, the left tackle has given up 10 sacks — leading the NFL at his position — which is more than his previous four years combined. In fact, the downfall is made only that much more shocking after he ranked as one of the top right tackles league-wide in 2012.

Beyond just the money aspect of things, Beatty admits his struggles are, in part, a result of some technique changes; changes that were made in an effort to improve his overall production.

"It's all footwork, sitting low in my stance. It's a leverage game," Beatty said. "Me being tall, I've got to make sure I stay low in my stance. I've got to make sure I'm eye-to-eye or lower all the time."

Perhaps more than anything else, Beatty's primary concern rests with his quarterback, Eli Manning.

"Eli Manning, I admire him a lot," Beatty said. "Because we've all seen how great he can be with a clean pocket. And unfortunately, we haven't been giving him as clean a pocket as we have in the past, but he's still improving as a quarterback and making some great throws. As an offensive line, we know we have to give him that clean pocket. We want to give him that five-, six-game streak where he's not being pressured.

We know what he can do when he has a pocket and we think, 'Oh, how great would it be if we could give him that pocket again?'"

Despite the struggles, head coach Tom Coughlin isn't ready to give up on Beatty just yet. He feels that consistent practice against some of the most athletic defensive ends in the league will only serve to help Beatty over time and that with a few technique adjustments, he can return to the dominant tackle he once was.

"He practices against [our DE's] and he works on his technique and his skill in that regard," Coughlin said. "So whoever you matchup on him he’s gone throughout the course of the year basically against JPP and he’s gone against Damontre Moore and sometimes it’s just a speed linebacker that works with him to allow that he sees as much speed as possible during the course of the week, so that’s all being done."

Expect to see a more determined Beatty over the remaining four games as he pushes to return to form, in an effort to prepare himself for a make-or-break 2014 campaign.

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Will Beatty Admits Struggles are Related to Over-Thinking, Trying to Do Too Much”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    If I read this correctly, Beatty is saying its Pat Flaherty’s fault.

    I knew it!!

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Over thinking, Over analyzing will separate the body from the mind.

  3.  Chad Eldred says:

    Definitely not giving up on Beatty, but he certainly has to elevate his play to the neighborhood of mediocrity. Otherwise this improving this line is going to be mission impossible.

  4.  jahmyrr says:

    “Expect to see a more determined Beatty over the remaining four games as he pushes to return to form, in an effort to prepare himself for a make-or-break 2014 campaign.”

    Ill believe it when I see it. I cant believe that there was some overnight revelation and adjustment made from the Washington game that will suddenly cause him to return to form now. Maybe in 2014, but I have to think his season isnt going to get any better.

  5.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    I want to chime in on the great “Draft a TE in the first round” debate that is going on. I simply cannot see it happening, regardless of who’s there. Throw in the fact that Gilbride is likely back next year and doesn’t value the position – along with the fact that you can generally find STUDS in the mid-rounds (Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, Ladarius Green – even Gronk, the best in the game, was a mid 2nd rounder) coupled with glaring needs; just doesn’t make sense to me. Also throw in the fact that TE’s taken in the first round rarely contribute in year one. Look how good Eiffert looked coming out – then compare that to what he’s contributed this season. We need to use our “weed guy” pick – 3rd rounder…POSSIBLY 4th-5th rounder depending on his combine and how teams feel about his prior off the field issues, on Colt Lyerla, the troubled TE from Oregon. The kid was originally viewed as a 2nd round talent before getting into trouble. He is 6’5, 246 lbs and runs a 4.5 40. I think it’d be worth the gamble.

    To me, Nicks is gone. Forget the fact that he might as well not even dress for games with the “production” that he has had this year…but the fact that this late in his career he is benched by the coach for missing practice when we’ve had guys like Plax and AB miss a year’s worth of practice and still play is a complete joke. He will go home to Carolina next year and play with Cam and the emerging Panthers. I wouldn’t mind bringing Manningham back at a reasonable price…but I’m not so sure it happens. To me, Mike Evans, if he is there…which is a big question of if he will be…is our first rounder. Sure, he isn’t a burner…but from watching games and reading scouting reports he has what was listed in Nicks’ scouting report: deceptive speed. He would also give Eli a big target that he hasn’t seen since Plax who will go up and fight for the ball.

    Beatty has looked like garbage this year. No question about that. I do think that with a solid TE helping block and a legit LG that it would make a world of difference in his game. Reese and the front office will surely beef up this OL in the offseason; let’s see what happens then and just hope Eli stays healthy to reap the benefits next season.

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