Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty recently refused to name Beatty the starter at left tackle moving forward, implying that his injury and recent inconsistencies have left the door open for a number of other players. And, that at least for the time being, Big Blue has to proceed with the "next man up" mentality.
"I think the way you have to approach things in this game is, when a player is rehabbing an injury, you have to get your next guy ready. As a coach, that is all you can do," Flaherty told The Star-Ledger. "You trust the player that they'll get back as soon as they can. We have an outstanding medical staff as you well know, but as a coach, I have to continue to get ready to play because the game doesn't stop."
Some alternate options/competition will come by way of John Jerry, whom the team has openly stated they want to compete for a starting spot, as well as another offseason addition, Charles Brown.
Of course, the ideal scenario for Big Blue would have Beatty returning to his pre-2013 form, which Flaherty feels is entirely possible. However, the long-time offensive line coach also admits there are a number of problems they need to collectively overcome, and that will start with Beatty being a participant in training camp — something he wasn't really able to do a year ago.
"There was a combination of things. It probably started with him being in training camp and not being able to execute the drills on a daily basis. He wasn't able to because he was nicked up here or there and it just snowballs," Flaherty said. "As an offensive lineman it will be glaring more so than a defensive lineman. Your technique and fundamentals. To improve at football you need to work at football. And the only way to work an offensive line is to put pads on and go block. If you don't do that, your skills aren't going to be sharp and that is what happens on game day. I expect him to be a better player this year."
Beatty is just one of many Giants who need to rebound from a tumultuous 2013 season in order for the team to return to their Super Bowl form.
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