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Once the anchor of Giants offensive line, Beatty searches for lost mojo

At one time, New York Giants' offensive tackle Will Beatty (65) was considered a building block. But a broken leg coupled with poor play in 2013 has rendered Beatty a question mark heading into 2014.
At one time, New York Giants' offensive tackle Will Beatty (65) was considered a building block. But a broken leg coupled with poor play in 2013 has rendered Beatty a question mark heading into 2014.
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Paul Schwartz of the New York Post wrote yesterday that the New York Giants first round selection in this week's NFL draft, will go a long way toward determining offensive tackle Will Beatty's future with the club. The veteran writer from the New York Post believes that offensive lineman Zack Martin of Notre Dame will be available when Big Blue's selection (12th) in the first round comes, although he also feels that the three top rated offensive linemen will be off the board by then.

Schwartz writes, "Unless they pull off a mammoth trade, the Giants cannot get Greg Robinson (Auburn) or Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) at No. 12 in the draft, and they also likely would have to move up to land Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, who would be a perfect fit as far as adding talent and nastiness except for character concerns stemming from misdemeanor assault charges from an incident in Ann Arbor after a Michigan-Ohio State game."

The Giants are content with their first round selection from lat year, Justin Pugh, who started all 16 games for the G-men in 2013. In addition, the team brought in free agents Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry, Charles Brown and J.D. Walton to bolster the unit. Like pitching in baseball, teams cannot have enough offensive line talent.

But Beatty was supposed to be part of the solution; instead he is looked upon as a huge question mark because of injury and poor play. And this off season, the Giants no longer seem patient that personnel problems will rectify themselves, which should create a level of urgency in Beatty's world.

Regarding Beatty's injury, Schwartz writes, "The Sept. 8 regular-season opener is more than eight months after Beatty’s New Year’s Eve surgery to repair a fractured tibia in his right leg, an injury he suffered in the third quarter of the Dec. 29 season-ending victory over the Redskins when he collided with cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Beatty did not sustain any ligament damage or any impairment of his right knee, so barring any setbacks he should be able to participate in training camp."

Even if the belief is that Beatty will be 100 percent healthy at the start of training camp, the question then becomes can he hold onto his starting left tackle position? If the Giants move up to select an offensive tackle, then that question would appear to be answered, even before training camp begins.

"Assuming Beatty, 29, is healthy, the Giants next have to wonder if he is any good. He became a full-time starter in 2011 and allowed an acceptable total of 7 ¹/₂ sacks in 26 games from 2011-12. Blessed with prototype size, reach and athletic ability — though hardly considered a tough, physical player — Beatty cashed in with a five-year, $38.75 million contract that included $19 million in guaranteed money. It was evidence the Giants viewed him as a franchise left tackle," Schwartz states.

After missing the playoffs for a second straight season in 2013, the Giants seem to have completely changed their talent acquisition philosophy. The team appears comfortable with letting veteran players go and replacing them with younger talent developed by other squads. It used to be that extra credit was given to players with one or more seasons as a New York Giant under his belt, but clearly that mindset no longer applies. If Will Beatty become the latest victim of the new paradigm, will largely be determined this week.