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Beatty's balky back botches blocking blueprint

Will Beatty at the New York Giants Tuesday

Will Beatty at the New York Giants Tuesday mini camp. (June 12, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Are the Giants facing a crisis at left tackle?

Will Beatty’s back has become not just a preseason issue as the team had figured it would be but a potential regular-season problem. That means that the starting left tackle could be on the sidelines when the regular season begins two weeks from tomorrow.

“Beatty’s still struggling,” Tom Coughlin said yesterday.

So that leaves them with Sean Locklear at left tackle. Unless, of course, they decide to shuffle the deck and move Locklear over to right tackle – where he has played for most of his career – and shift right tackle David Diehl over to left tackle – where he has played for most of his career.

“There’s going to have to be flexibility,” Coughlin said. “Whether Sean plays left or right, or whether David Diehl plays left or right, or that type of thing. We obviously expect and live in expectation that Beatty will come back to the practice field unless something would happen otherwise …And of course, it’s kind of close. We’re getting close and those five guys need to play a lot together.”

How has Locklear performed? He’s certainly gotten a lot of snaps at left tackle in Beatty’s absence. Earlier in camp Coughlin said he wanted to see more consistency from Locklear. Yesterday, perhaps by necessity, he was a little more positive about the nine-year veteran.

“He’s a veteran football player, he knows his job, he knows what he’s doing,” Coughlin said. “Some things happen in a ballgame with the complexities, for example, what he saw the other night that kind of slow people down because they don’t quite understand the communication. But by and large, he’s done well.”

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