How’d the new-look Giants o-line play? Pretty well, according to some of the veterans.
Will Beatty started at right tackle for Kareem McKenzie, who was out with a sprained knee, while Kevin Boothe stepped in at left guard for Rich Seubert after the first drive when Seubert injured his knee.
“I think Beatty, the guy was sleeping with his playbook in a headlock,” center Shaun O’Hara said of the rookie tackle who did not allow a sack. “I’m sure there are some plays he’d like to have back, but he plays hard and that’s one thing you know. He’s gonna do everything he can.”
Guard Chris Snee, who is stationed next to Beatty, said during the week that when the rookie played his first game at right tackle back in October against the Cardinals he had to coach him along throughout the game. This time, Snee said, there was far less talking and telling him what had to be done.
“It was better,” Snee said of the lessened need to direct. “William is a young kid but you go up there and make the call and he’ll compete. I think he showed that to everybody. That’s a credit to him for taking the extra time studying, watching extra film with us, and working with Coach (Pat) Flaherty and Coach (Jack) Bicknell. It’s a credit to him.”
On the other side was Boothe, who had to come in cold.
“Obviously Will knew he was going to play, but Boothe, that’s always the toughest job is to be on the sidelines and not know you’re going to have to play and come in and play like a starter,” O’Hara said.
Boothe did have one glaring mistake when he was beaten by Albert Haynesworth for a sack that pushed the Giants back and made them settle for a field goal on their third possession. But he also made a neat clearing block on the second Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown run.
“You have to give Boothe a lot of credit,” O’Hara said. “Not only did he come in and play in the game but you’re matched up against Albert Haynesworth. It was a great challenge for him and I thought he rose up and played really well.”
So where does the line go from here? McKenzie is supposed to miss several weeks with his injury, so Beatty will likely be starting at right tackle again on Sunday against the Panthers. But Seubert appeared to be walking through the locker room with little difficulty after the game and was in good spirits. He’ll likely try to play on Sunday.