2012 New York Giants Make Or Break Candidate: Will Beatty
Will Beatty has had a lot of expectations throughout his New York Giants career. He is a former second round pick in 2009 and was expected to take over along the offensive line at some point. He’s battled injuries throughout his career and now is the time where he needs to take the next step and be healthy for an entire year and show whether or not he can play at the NFL level otherwise the team is going to have to search for an answer at the tackle position.
Beatty was drafted in 2009 and started in four games and played in all 16 as the third tackle/tight end spot. In 2010, Beatty broke his foot in the first game of the season and missed eight games. He came back and started the last two games. Last season he started the first ten games before a detached retina ended his season.
A detached retina is never a good thing, no matter who you are or what you do, let-alone a tackle who’s supposed to protect the blindside for Eli Manning. Right now David Diehl probably has the left tackle spot with Beatty on the right. Don’t sleep on James Brewer pressing Beatty for time or even veteran Sean Locklear.
Beatty has to prove he can be a tackle in the NFL, otherwise he will not be on the Giants after this coming up season. If he can’t do the job, you can see the Giants using their first round pick in 2013 on a tackle. The offensive line was a question mark throughout the season especially in the running game. When the line clicked, the team clicked. Beatty has to prove he can be a part of it.