New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty will make his preseason debut on Saturday against the Colts.
After struggling through a disastrous 2013 season, things went from bad to worse in New York’s final game of the year, when Beatty suffered a broken right leg. Beatty missed both voluntary OTAs and New York’s minicamp this offseason, as he was still in the midst of rehabbing the injury. However, he has been fully participating in practices during training camp.
Beatty begins his 2014 campaign on a mission to put the 2013 season behind him. Hopefully, way behind him. Beatty’s surrendered sack total skyrocketed from three in 2012 to a whopping 13 last year. Even on an offensive line where struggles seemed to turn into commonplace, Beatty stood out from the pack.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons was the fact that he had signed a five-year, $38.75 million contract prior to the start of the season. Beatty even admitted to feeling the mounting pressure of the contract and trying to live up to all the green thrown in his direction.
The Giants severely need Beatty to return to his 2012 form this year, as the rest of the offensive line received a serious facelift this offseason. Besides for Beatty, Justin Pugh is the only other returning starter. They will be joined by free agent signings Geoff Schwartz and J.D. Walton. Also, Brandon Mosley will do his best to fill the shoes of the recently retired Chris Snee.
Beatty will take over for Charles Brown who has been starting in his place for the first two games of the preseason. Brown has struggled in Beatty’s absence and the new-look offense can’t seem to find a rhythm. It all starts up front and maybe Beatty’s return can jump-start the passing game.