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Will Beatty No Sure Bet to Start at Left Tackle for New York Giants

July 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants may expect left tackle Will Beatty (leg) to return in time for the start of training camp later this month, but they're not as quick to pencil him back in as their starter.

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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Tags: Charles Brown, Football, John Jerry, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Pat Flaherty, Will Beatty

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8 Responses to “Will Beatty No Sure Bet to Start at Left Tackle for New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    Naturally someone coming back from a rather serious injury isn’t going to be tabbed as a lock for a starting position. Had he not broken his leg then the story would be different … regardless of his poor performance. But the two together cast a much bigger shadow.

  2.  Krow says:

    … and John Jerry … Charlie Brown …. JAGs at best; bums at worst. LOT could be a turnstile again this year. They should wear arrows on their chests with the caption “this way to Eli Manning”.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    This has got to get fixed. The answer in not currently on the roster.
    Problem being if a got tackle is drafted, will he have to spend a year apprentis at right tackle? Or will he be good enough to be trusted with blind side protection from day one? The Giants need to get their priorities straight for now and into the future. Book end tackles, a formidable center and at least one dominiant guard. Then with any luck, you have five to seven years of security.

    They are not that far of. They are missing the left tackle. But they ARE off just the same.

    •  rlhjr says:

      BELAY MY LAST:

      This has got to get fixed and the answer in not currently on the roster.
      Problem being if a got tackle is drafted, will he have to spend a year apprentice at right tackle? Or will he be good enough to be trusted with blind side protection from day one? The Giants need to get their priorities straight for now and into the future. Book end tackles a formidable center and at least one dominant guard. Then with any luck, you have five to seven years of security.

      They are not that far of. They are missing the left tackle. But they ARE off just the same.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Needs to get fixed stat, we go nowhere without an effective Manning, he is not effective running for his life, or getting hurt.

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          We have a General Manager with dual personalities, there is Jerry Reese who gave us the 2007 draft and then there is Jerry Reach who has given us the rest. Jerry Reach is the guy who has allowed the O-line, LB’s and TE’s to putrify to the point we are at now.

          •  skinnydoogan says:

            and it’s not getting fixed this year rlhjr, unless a scrap heap player not discovered yet, comes and saves the day. Please for the love of God, don’t anyone tell me Brewer is the guy.

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