Last season was a bumpy ride for the entire New York Giants offensive line, especially left tackle Will Beatty. Beatty consistently struggled throughout the year and, just to add insult to injury (or injury to insult in this case), broke his leg in New York’s final game of the season.
In February of 2013, Beatty signed a five-year $38.75 million contract with the Giants. New York saw a good player in Beatty who was only going to get better. However, this past season was a step in the wrong direction for the 29-year-old.
Beatty’s broken leg has kept him limited in the offseason to this point but his plan right now is to be back for training camp. New York’s coaching staff has been slightly more hesitant and won’t yet commit to Beatty as their starting left tackle.
It’s hard to imagine Beatty not starting on the o-line if he is healthy. The Giants committed a lot of money to him and won’t give up on him just because of last season’s struggles. That being said, Beatty is definitely going to be on a shorter leash in 2014.
The other immediate option at left tackle for New York is Charles Brown. Brown has been filling in for Beatty on the first-team offensive line to this point. He is heading into his fifth NFL season and will likely be Beatty’s backup when he is finally able to return to the field.
This season will have a large impact on Beatty’s future with the Giants. He needs to rebound from 2013 and put together a solid season. He may have felt the pressure of a large contract last year but he needs to start living up to that large pile of cash in 2014.