Giants story lines: Will Beatty ready to return

The New York Giants' Will Beatty comes onto

The New York Giants' Will Beatty comes onto the field before a game against the St. Louis Rams. (Sept. 19, 2011) (Credit: AP)

Beatty ready to return

Successful offensive lines pride themselves on chemistry and communication, but it doesn't seem like either is being used in regard to Will Beatty, the projected starter at left tackle who missed most of training camp with a back injury. Beatty played sparingly as an extra blocker in the opener, but he's not sure where he fits in now that he is physically ready to play an entire game.

"That was my timetable, to be ready for the first game, and it just so happened that they didn't need to use me," Beatty said. "But as for my mindset, I'm still preparing myself for me starting the game."

Beatty and Sean Locklear split snaps with the starters Monday. Wednesday will tell a lot about where they will figure into Sunday's game plan. Said Tom Coughlin, "He has to make up for a lot of lost time."

 

Familiar faces

If some of the plays that the Bucs run on Sunday look familiar, well, they should. Both of Tampa Bay's coordinators spent time with the Giants. Offensive play-caller Mike Sullivan was a wide receivers and quarterbacks coach from 2004-11 and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan held the same title in 2009 and was linebackers coach from 2005-08.

 

Bradshaw climbing charts

Ahmad Bradshaw keeps moving up in the Giants' record book. Last week he ran for 78 yards and had 15 receiving yards, bringing his career total all-purpose yardage to 6,001. He is the ninth player in franchise history to reach 6,000 yards and is 628 behind Joe Morris in eighth place. His 3,295 career rushing yards moved him past Eddie Prince (3,292) into ninth place on the franchise's all-time rushing list. And his 10-yard TD run was the 27th rushing score of his career. That broke a tie with Bill Paschal and gave Bradshaw ninth place all alone in that category in Giants lore.

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