Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has already expressed concerns about the offensive line after a season in which the Giants were last in running the football. With Will Beatty missing most of the offseason and all of minicamp with a back injury sustained by some overzealous weightlifting, Gilbride’s concerns are only deeper.
“We need him,” Gilbride said of the starting left tackle. “He has got to be there.”
The offensive line, once the epitome of consistency in performance and personnel, underwent some drastic changes in the last year or so. Consider that of the starters at the end of the 2010 season, only right guard Chris Snee remains in the same place.
“We have lost what amounts to three starters in the last two years on the offensive line,” Gilbride said, a nod to Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert who were released last year and Kareem McKenzie who was not re-signed this offseason. “You can’t keep doing that and not be affected … If you lose (Beatty) that means four starters in the offensive line. Then it doesn’t matter how good your quarterback is. It doesn’t matter how good your receivers are. It doesn’t matter the explosiveness."
Veteran Sean Locklear has been playing left tackle in the minicamp and second-year player James Brewer rotated there a bit in the OTAs. But it's Beatty's spot, assuming he can be back for the season.
"Lose Will Beatty, that would be the fourth starter in the last two years," Gilbride fretted. "That is too many. That’s too many.”