The Giants essentially used one of next year’s picks to acquire cornerback Sam Beal earlier this month. Now it looks like they’ll have to wait for next year to get him on the field, too.
Beal, acquired via a supplemental third-round pick, aggravated a shoulder injury during a practice with fellow rookies and other veterans on Monday and probably will require season-ending surgery. The Giants say they still are exploring treatment options.
Beal was on the field with the rookies on Wednesday for the final practice of the three-day pre-camp workouts before the veterans reported later in the day.
The Giants used the supplemental pick on Beal to help bolster their secondary.
“Sam’s a very, very talented guy,” head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday before the severity of Beal’s injury was known. “His movement skills are tremendous and we feel like he could compete to make our team. We felt good about him, we got a chance to visit with him, and he was available, so we committed to him.”
It’s a commitment that will have to wait to be harvested.
Barwin adds to pass rush, culture
The Giants made the signing of linebacker Connor Barwin official on Wednesday, adding a player who many believe will not only help with the pass rush but with the culture in the locker room.
"He’s a great teammate, a guy who is always willing to help the next man beside him," said linebacker Alec Ogletree, who played with Barwin on the Rams last season. “You couldn’t ask for a better teammate. One of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”
Shurmur was an assistant with the Eagles when Barwin played there from 2012 to 2016.
“You’ll quickly get to see that he’s a true pro and we were fortunate he was available,” Shurmur said. “We felt like it was a smart move to add him to our roster.”
To make room for Barwin and newly signed DT Izaah Lunsford, the Giants waived P Taylor Symmank and TE Kyle Carter . . . Former special teams coordinator Tom Quinn has returned to the Giants as an assistant under current coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who Shurmur said is dealing with “health issues” . . . Shurmur said GM Dave Gettleman, diagnosed with lymphoma during the offseason, is “doing great” and remains heavily involved in running the Giants.