GIANTS' TACKLE WILL BEATTY'S BACK ISSUES DUE TO STRENUOUS WORK IN WEIGHT ROOM
"Will Beatty went from doing practically no physical activity
to repair a detached retina last year to partaking in what he called
“Olympic drills” at the start of the Giants’ offseason workouts.
Beatty’s back quickly told him power cleans and such weren’t a good idea.
“Once you have a history of back injuries, you want to stay away from certain
drills,” the Giants’ left tackle said today before the first practice of
minicamp. “I learned the hard way, but I did learn.”
The lesson continues for Beatty, who sat out the entire OTA program and
remains limited during this week’s minicamp. While he’s doing some drills,
Beatty is not participating in the team portion of practice as he tries to get
his back to quiet down.
“I had so much time off I was actually trying to get myself in shape and
doing more than I should’ve done,” Beatty said, adding: “Last year, (the back)
was really bothering me but it never took me out of anything. I was having
tightness and things like that. But this is the first time I missed OTAs because
of the back.”
The good news is his eye continues to not be an issue for him.
“They’re giving me a nice little shield,” he said. “But other than that, it’s
pretty much, ‘You’re good to go, just don’t get poked in the eye.’”
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I have to admit my practice report might’ve been a bit affected by the
Jake Ballard news, which hit with about 15 minutes to go in the session. At
that point, it was a scramble to get some information on that situation while
also trying to keep my eyes on the field.
That being said, I’ll give you the rundown as best I can.
First, the injuries:
--DE Osi Umenyiora did not practice today. The
sort-of-official word is he doesn’t have an injury but is rather trying to pace
himself so he doesn’t soon come up with one, if you catch my drift.
--CB Corey Webster has a hamstring injury. That’s why he’s
been sidelined during OTAs and again this week.
--These guys sat out: S Tyler Sash (hamstring), TE
Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee),
DT Shaun Rogers (elbow), DT Markus Kuhn (work
visa), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris
--Beatty, S Kenny Phillips (knee), CB Terrell
Thomas (knee) and DT Linval Joseph (ankle) were among
those who did individuals but sat out team drills.
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Now to the action:
--WR Rueben Randle looked really good out there today. And
there would be gushing reports about him had QB Ryan Perrilloux
spotted him running free up the right side through a confused secondary for what
should’ve been an easy deep completion. Undrafted S Jojo
Nicolas followed a receiver into the flat along with another defender
and seemed to react as if the blown coverage was on him. Whoever was to blame,
it was ugly. Nicolas, who otherwise seems to have a pretty good grasp of things
back there, would recover to provide help over top of CB Dante
Hughes on a deep ball from QB Eli Manning to WR
Victor Cruz that fell incomplete.
--Back to Randle. He ran a smooth slant route to make a grab underneath
Nicolas on a dart from Perrilloux and beat CB Prince Amukamara
for catch on an in cut. He added a well-run crosser in front of Hughes. If you
didn’t know any better, you’d think Randle was an experienced veteran out there
--I still believe Amukamara will have to work on his toughness and
aggressiveness, but the skills are there. You should’ve seen how quick he was to
plant and close on a ball TE Bear Pascoe caught up the seam
(nice touch by Manning on that one).
--LB Michael Boley picked off Manning’s second pass of team
drills (I had tweeted it was his first but I forgot about a short stop to WR
Domenik Hixon he had thrown) when he played perfect coverage
under a sail route by Cruz.
--Solid session for rookie CB Jayron Hosley. He was as tight
as he could’ve been to WR Isaiah Stanback on a comeback near
the sideline. It was just a perfect ball by QB David Carr to
slip that one in there. Later, in 7-on-7 passing drills, Hosley impressed his
teammates by slapping the ball out of Hixon’s hands for a pass defensed.
--Hixon lost that little battle with Hosley but showed he’d learned his
lesson when he caught another pass away from his body to keep it away from the
swipes of S Janzen Jackson.
--Come on now, you can’t fool LB Chase Blackburn on that
little counter pitch play. He was all over it.
--Mixed results for WR Jerrel Jernigan today. We’ll start
with the bad and work our way up. He looked indecisive on a deep route as to
which side of CB Justin Tryon he should’ve taken. While he was
trying to make up his mind, Manning chucked it to the outside. At that point,
Jernigan broke inside and the ball fell incomplete. Later, he had a drop on a
comeback. But toward the end of practice, Jernigan frustrated Boley with a grab
right in front of the veteran.
--Speaking of tough grabs, add another one to WR Ramses
Barden’s resume. He made the catch while two defenders (Jackson and S
Will Hill) were colliding with one another and him. Again,
there are parts of his game Barden needs to improve, but catches in traffic is
an area of strength for him. Also, Barden was open on a sail route across the
field from Cruz when Manning was picked by Boley.
--I recently mentioned S Stevie Brown as being on top of his
assignments in coverage during OTAs. He’s still on point in that department so
far in minicamp.
--LB Keith Rivers showed good speed covering TE
Adrien Robinson on a crossing route in man coverage. Robinson
made the catch, but Rivers would’ve been able to keep it to a short gain in a
live game. That was a good play considering Robinson seemed to have good early
position when he got into his route.
--Safeties coach David Merritt was all kinds of ecstatic
with a play Hill made to break up a short hook from Perrilloux to WR
Brandon Collins over the middle. Hill was playing down low and
waited as Collins found what appeared to be a soft spot inside of him. I’m not
sure if Hill baited Perrilloux into throwing that ball, but that might’ve been
what occurred because he waited until Perrilloux drew the ball back to break on
the route. Either way, good reactions and instincts for Hill there.
--I mentioned earlier WR Dan DePalma (hip) said he’d take
some snaps in today and he did. He had a few catches in team drills, one of
which was a tough grab with the much bigger LB Mathias Kiwanuka
trying to knock it out of his hands. I heard some palm on flesh there, so in
addition to being a difficult catch, I’ll bet that one hurt.
--And finally, a guy who seems to always make a grab late in practice is TE
Ryan Purvis. He had a reception on a good ball up the seam from