Beatty handling tough assignment for Giants

Posted Aug. 14, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Lost in the wallowing of the Giants' post-lockout slump is the fact that Will Beatty is being thrust into the starting lineup at left tackle, the all-important pass-blocking position on the line. He has started six games in his two NFL seasons, but this is his first real test; he's going to be put in the spotlight there with Dave Diehl moving inside to guard. Beatty has quick feet and a long reach, and he was allowed to take on rushers freely in the preseason opener against the Panthers without much in the way of blocking assistance or the protections being slid his way. The early results were shaky as his leverage and balance were poor. But he rallied in the next few series with stronger, more assertive play, and it was representative of what the coaches have seen from him in his practice performance. They believed that he was ready to step in based on where he was at the end of last season, so it will be worth watching to see if he is given training wheels early on to aid him along.