Although it was convenient to have guard Kevin Boothe and tackle Will Beatty come off the injured list at a time when veterans Shaun O'Hara, David Diehl and Adam Koets went on it, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said his preference would have been to break them in more gradually. That's especially so for second-year man Beatty, the 6-6, 307-pounder from Connecticut who made his second start at left tackle in a 31-7 victory over Washington Sunday.
Beatty (pictured) played a big role in opening some of the huge lanes that allowed Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshw to combine for 200 rushing yards, and the line as a whole extended it streak without allowing quarterback Eli Manning to be sacked to five full games.
Still, it wasn't a perfect game. There was a lull near the end of the third quarter where the Giants were firmly in control with a 28-7 lead when Beatty was penalized for holding and a false start within the space of three plays. "When I had that series of plays where I got the penalties, I was told, 'You're not going back to your rookie season. That's enough. Get your head in the game. Get right,'" Beatty said. "I got chewed out a little bit, but it got my mind back to make sure I stayed focused."
Asked who did the chewing out, Beatty smiled and said it was veteran center Rich Seubert, which comes as no surprise to those who know him. "Rich started it off," Beatty said. "He's vocal. But it's that passion he has. He said, 'You're not stepping in for left tackle. Right now, you are the left tackle. You have to play it as that's your position.'"
Beatty said Seuibert's criticism was "a good thing. It's a unity and a camraderie. We have to keep up and keep moving forward and get these guys healthy as soon as possible."
Diehl could be back as soon as next week in Minnesota and possibly reclaim his starting position at left tackle. In the meantime, Beatty is thrilled he's had the opportunity to play. "It's not pressure," Beatty said. "This is what you want. You don't want to sit on the sideline. Having that opportunity, I thank God for allowing me to come back and help my fellow teammates to win ballgames."