Ever since the Giants drafted Will Beatty in the second round of the 2009 draft they envisioned him as a future starter.
Now, it look likes he will get his chance, protecting Eli Manning’s blind side no less.
With longtime left tackle David Diehl shifting to left guard, Beatty, entering his third season out of UConn, is projected to replace Diehl.
“He has to earn his job also,” offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said. “He has not earned his job in the NFL. He has not done enough. In saying that, he has the proper attitude to do what it will take to be a football player and somebody you can count on. But he still has to earn that job.”
Added Flaherty: “We still have to get the cobwebs out a little bit. There’s a guy that is going into his third year but has missed some time. When you miss time in the NFL like William did from being injured, you have to accelerate the process and try to make up for that time.”
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride also spoke about Beatty earlier in camp.
"You look at a guy that has the kind of foot speed, the kind of athleticism, the kind of physical reactionary ability to play that position that not everybody possesses," Gilbride said of Beatty. "I’m not talking about just on our team. I’m talking about any team. You’re always looking for that prize athlete that can play the left tackle position. He has the physical wherewithal to do those things. Does he have the experience, does he have all of the other things that have to come into play, the intelligence, the ability to react to different schemes, the blitz pickup with any counter? That remains to be seen. But to date right now, he’s working very hard."
Gilbride noted that left tackle can be an unforgiving position.
"The thing that always concerns me with the new guys is the consistency factor," he said. "You see flashes, you see glimpses. Can he do it play in and play out? As you guys know, you can block 50 plays great, 5 or 6 bad plays and all of a sudden you’re losing a game and maybe losing a quarterback. That’s what you have to see from him. I have nothing but praise for what he’s shown so far."