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Will Beatty, coming off leg injury, has been participating in Giants practices

The New York Giants' Will Beatty comes onto

The New York Giants' Will Beatty comes onto the field before a game against the St. Louis Rams. (Sept. 19, 2011) Credit: AP

If showing up is half the battle, then Will Beatty is almost back.

The Giants left tackle is coming off a serious leg injury suffered in the final game of the 2013 season, and although he was expected to start training camp on the PUP list he has participated in every practice so far. Which is why the best thing the coaches can say about Beatty is that he’s there.

“Will Beatty’s working,” offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said on Friday. “Anytime you’re at work playing football and putting the pads on, you’re going to get better. The thing that we don’t want to happen is regress with his rehab. He’s handling both things pretty well, as expected.”

“I don’t see a lot of change,” Tom Coughlin said of Beatty’s play. “But he is out there and he’s doing more than he was originally supposed to do, so I think that’s a huge plus.”

Now comes the second half of the battle. Beatty needs to put not only the injury but the diminished play of 2013 behind him.

“He’s not that player, he’s not,” Flaherty said of last year’s model. “He was a different player. That starts with me coaching. To be able to coach somebody, he has to be out there on the practice field. If he’s not practicing the day to day drills, then that sets you back. Which affects your techniques on Sundays. The flaws are magnified. That’s what happened. This year, we’ll see. He’s attacking and he’s going to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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