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New York Giants Expect Will Beatty to Return Around Start of Training Camp

June 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The status of left tackle Will Beatty has been very much in question for the New York Giants since he suffered a fractured leg in the season finale against the Washington Redskins last year. But when asked about Beatty on Thursday, head coach Tom Coughlin offered some optimism, saying the team fully expects to have him back on or around the start of training camp, which will begin on July 21st.

“He seems like he’s making progress,” Coughlin said. “That is what we are hoping for. Right there [around the start of training camp] or shortly thereafter.”

With Beatty out, free agent addition Charles Brown has seen the majority of snaps at left tackle, but Beatty was on the field during Thursday's practice, helmet in hand doing some individual drills. And while that doesn't make him a full participant, it is a positive sign that he's returning to health and remains on schedule.

"[He's got to] get to the point where he can go. I think he does a lot of things, he’s building himself up and so that’s basically where he is. He’s doing all the rehab, but on paper he wasn’t scheduled to go until training camp," Coughlin added. "We started out, he was doing some of the jog-through stuff and actually did pretty well but a lot of that was on air."

Beatty, who signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal last offseason, not only needs to return to health, but also return to form. Prior to his injury in 2013, he was struggling mightily and blamed that on over-thinking as he attempted to live up to the deal he had been given.

The best case scenario for the Giants would to get a healthy Beatty back on the field playing at his 2012 level.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants Expect Will Beatty to Return Around Start of Training Camp”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Yeah, it must have been “overthinking” that got him pushed back into Eli’s face about 8-9 times last season. As opposed to having no punch and failing to anchor because of an underdeveloped lower body. Maybe this season Flaherty can teach him how to hold a defensive end and take his chances on getting flagged. That may be the only way he avoids being embarrassed again in 2014.

    You cannot play left tackle in this league if you cannot keep an opponent from successfully going inside you on the way to the quarterback or runner, or bull-rushing you back 6-7 yards when he chooses to do so. Beatty has a LONG way to come to show anyone he’s a long-term answer at that position.

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