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GIANTS' WILL BEATTY SIDELINED BY BACK ISSUES
"The Giants held a brief organized team
activities session today – the final OTA open to the media – that included only
individual drills, team walk-throughs and 7-on-7 passing drills. In other words,
at no point did the offensive and defensive lines face one another.
Still, there was a notable absence once again in left tackle Will
Beatty, who was not on the field for the workout. Beatty is dealing
with an undisclosed back issue.
“That’s kind of slowed him down. He’s improving every day,” coach Tom
Coughlin said. “I don’t know that he will make the minicamp (next
week), but he’s making good progress.”
Beatty missed the final month-plus of the regular season and all of the
postseason with a detached retina. Now, it’s his back, which flared up in the
week before the game against the Eagles last November (the game in which he
injured his eye).
Coughlin was asked if the back problem is going to be an ongoing issue for
“I hope not, but it’s always a concern,” Coughlin said. “Anybody that has had
a bad back realizes that if you get yourself in trouble it’s very difficult to
get out of trouble in a short amount of time. It’s painful. But he he’s worked
well at it. He’s in every meeting and I’m encouraged by that. He’s not
uncomfortable sitting in his meeting room chair, so he’s making good
In the meantime, James Brewer has worked as the first-string
left tackle, though Brewer said he’s also taken reps at right tackle.
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Today’s dose of bad injury news came early when S Tyler Sash
appeared to strain his hamstring in the first portion of practice.
Sash, a sixth-round pick last year who played in all 20 of the team’s games
as a rookie and was a key contributor on special teams in the playoffs, was
limping very badly both on his way off the field and in the locker room a bit
later. The way he was moving, it was pretty clear he won’t be doing anything for
the rest of the spring. We’ll see if this issue lingers into training camp.
* * * *
As I said, it was a brief practice with no team drills, so we can really only
highlight a few things that happened during 7-on-7s. But first, a rundown of the
--DT Shaun Rogers was not on the field. Coughlin said he’s
been dealing with an elbow issue. Rogers has been participating in meetings.
--CBs Corey Webster (undisclosed), Terrell
Thomas (knee) and Prince Amukamara (foot) all sat out
7-on-7s, as they have for all of the OTAs. Coughlin said Amukamara has only been
cleared to do individual drills. “I was hoping, having him cleared to do
individual, and a couple of other guys, we might be outside on the grass,”
Coughlin said. “But we were in here (in the indoor facility) because of the
--Obviously, WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and TEs Travis
Beckum (knee) and Jake Ballard (knee) were not on
hand. Also, DT Chris Canty (knee) remains out.
--Others limited at least a little bit: DE Justin Tuck
(shoulder), S Kenny Phillips (knee), RB Ahmad
Bradshaw (foot), TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) WR
Dan DePalma (hip) and CB Antwaun Molden
--DT Markus Kuhn is sitting out because apparently he
doesn’t have a work visa. Jorge Castillo will have more on that for you on
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And now, those highlights I promised:
--WR Ramses Barden was one of a few players Coughlin
mentioned as having stood out during OTAs. He had a nice little practice today,
with a tough catch in traffic on a ball from QB Eli Manning
that LB Keith Rivers was lunging to reach. As I’ve mentioned a
few times, Barden has shown an ability to make such catches. Barden later ran a
good route up the seam to catch a ball from QB David Carr and
would’ve had another catch on a well-run “sail” route had Carr seen him finding
a hole in the zone.
--The other players Coughlin mentioned were: CB Michael Coe,
LB/DE Adrian Tracy and rookie RB David Wilson.
So take that for what it’s worth.
--Nice catch for rookie WR Rueben Randle on an in cut about
10 yards down the field in front of CB Brandon Bing and S
Stevie Brown. Bing later rebounded with a pass defensed when he
peeled off the guy he was covering to jump in front of a receiver running a
short route close by.
--A rare miscommunication between Manning and WR Domenik
Hixon. Manning threw outside; Hixon broke inside. Given both players
are touted for being on point with their assignments, I don’t know which way I’d
lean if I had to guess which one goofed. Based on body language, I’d say
Manning, but that’d be a strict guess.
--RB Da’Rel Scott was lined up out wide (a role the Giants
tried using him in last season) and did a nice job of getting CB Dante
Hughes to turn his hips and head upfield. When Scott planted on the
short hook, he had a good 5 yards and then some of cushion.
--We haven’t seen many deep balls connected in the sessions that have been
open to the media. Today, Carr tried to hit WR Jerrel Jernigan
on one but CB Justin Tryon had good coverage up the field.
Later, Carr overshot WR Brandon Collins but that might’ve been
because Collins had to reroute at the line to get past a decent jam by rookie CB
--There were two hiccups for Hosley, though: a dropped interception after
nicely slipping underneath WR Isaiah Stanback’s in cut (from QB
Ryan Perrilloux) and what appeared to be a missed assignment on
a short hook over the middle caught by Collins. I was watching LB Jake
Muasau, who seemed to vacate the zone for Collins when he followed TE
Ryan Purvis on a short out, but defensive coordinator
Perry Fewell corrected Hosley. Perhaps both Hosley and Muasau
missed assignments there. Either way, Collins had a big spot to make a
--Probably the offensive play of the day was Purvis’ coming back to make a
great adjustment and catch on an underthrown pass from Perrilloux up the left
seam. Purvis working back toward the ball allowed him to easily out-jump and
out-position LB Jacquian Williams, whose momentum was taking
him up the field."
ARBITRATOR RULES NFL COMMISSIONER ROGET GOODELL HAS POWER TO SUSPEND SAINTS OVER BOUNTY PROGRAM
"An arbitrator has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to
discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system.
Players Association challenged Goodell's power to impose penalties for what
the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players.
Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, says Goodell has
the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement
reached last August to end the lockout.
Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season
and teammate Will Smith for four games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony
Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games, while linebacker
Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was docked three games."