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Beatty excited about opportunity

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Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown against Kareem Moore #41 of the Washington Redskins as Will Beatty #65 leaps over the pile. (Dec. 5, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

When practice begins on Saturday and the Giants line up for the first time in 2011, Will Beatty figures to be the starting left tackle. It’s been in the plans for about two and a half years now.

“I know during the offseason (before the lockout) they let me know that they did draft me for the left tackle position and if I want it I still have to prove myself, it’s not something that’s just given to me,” Beatty told Newsday by phone on Thursday night, just hours before reporting to training camp. “I’m just making sure that my head’s on straight. I’ll be doing everything I can to get that left spot. It’s going to be a dream for me just to go out there and line up as the left tackle, but I still have to keep that left tackle spot. It’s not like it’s all over and you can relax now. This is when the fun begins and you really have to buckle down.”

Beatty said he had a busy offseason and added about 10-15 pounds of muscle. He finished the 2010 season weighing around 305 pounds and he figures he’ll be close to 320 for tomorrow’s weight in.

“They were sizing me up, making sure I had a productive vacation,” Beatty said of his visit to the complex this week. “They seemed pretty happy with my weight.”

Beatty has been a starter in the past, but mostly in spot duty filling in for injured players. He’s hoping that changes.

“You’re out there, you’re playing, and I did have a good number of starts the last two seasons as a backup,” he said. “But having a spot that is yours and you know each week that you’re helping the team out, you’re protecting Eli, it’s just a great feeling. I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited. I’m coming in with childish energy all over the place.”

Beatty started to see his role more clearly when he heard about the release of Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert earlier this week. He said he had “mixed emotions” about the news because he’ll be losing two mentors but also gaining a big opportunity.

“These are guys who were there when I got there,” he said. “They helped me with the plays, they helped me mentally with the game, they helped me keep focused. They won the Super Bowl, they knew what it took to get there. As mentors, they were what I want to be. I want to have that many years in the league, I want to be productive, I want to be with a team that long. Looking at those guys as mentors, it’s like, for two years in meeting rooms they were there. And now those seats are going to be empty. Well, not empty, but someone else will be in them. So it’s going to be a change in camaraderie and who you know. It’s mixed emotions.

“I’m just blessed that I get to walk on the field tomorrow. I wish all the best to them, but it is a job.”

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If Beatty does keep the left tackle job, it would likely mean David Diehl would have to shift over and play left tackle. Cody Derespina caught up with Diehl earlier today at a Sirius NFL Radio event in Times Square.

“I have no idea until I come in tomorrow, but I’ve always been a team guy,” he said. “I’ve always been a team player and I’m always going to be a guy who does what’s best for the football team.”


 

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