Although projected starting left tackle Will Beatty (back) is said to be improving and has participated in practice on a limited basis each of the last two days, Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger reports that veteran Sean Locklear will get the starting nod on Wednesday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
"Sean is playing very well, so he’s been really as good as anybody we've had," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on Sunday.
After struggling early in training camp and specifically against the Chicago Bears in week three of the preseason, Locklear has, in his own words, gotten much more comfortable with both the offense and the playbook.
“I’m prepared. I was hesitant with things but now I feel like with the more practice I’ve gotten, the more comfortable I feel," he said. "I think I’ve advanced [since the Chicago game]. That was the third preseason game and we’ve gotten numerous amount of practices there. I said before I was probably like 90 percent aware of the playbook but now I feel like I’ve got a grasp of it, especially now we’re in game weeks and the playbook is kind of cut down on the things you’re going to do for certain games."
For the sake of quarterback Eli Manning, the team had better hope Locklear does have a full grasp on things. While the Cowboys' defensive scheme isn't overly complicated, they do have a lot of talent along their front seven and have historically done a good job at getting to Manning. DeMarcus Ware in particular has had success (10.5 sacks in 14 career games) against Big Blue's tackles – most notably David Diehl, who will now be starting at right tackle.
For Will Beatty, there remains optimism that he'll be active on Wednesday night and able to see action in a reserve role. Barring any setbacks, it's likely he'll re-assume the starting role in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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