Back in May, when the Giants were sitting at No. 12 in the first round of the draft, the New York Giants made a rather interesting decision to skip over drafting offensive tackle Zack Martin, who went to the Cowboys at No. 16, in favor of receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The decision was surprising for the simple reason that many draft publications and analysts thought that Martin was the last good tackle on the board at the time. He was also a player who could fill a need for the Giants, whose starting left tackle, Will Beatty, had suffered a serious leg injury in the previous year's finale.
The Giants felt otherwise. Perhaps they were more confident that Beatty would be okay and, if not, that their veteran free-agent depth could fill in.
So here we are, at the end of June. It’s not so much that Beatty didn’t do any work this spring—that was expected.
As I noted yesterday, both Beatty and Coughlin sounded uncertain every time they were asked a question regarding Beatty's status for training camp.
Certainly given the way he played last year, the sooner Beatty can get back to practice, the better. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked Beatty as the 17th best left tackle last season based on left tackles who played at least 75 percent of their team’s snaps and who played in at least 12 games at the position.
That’s a steep fall from the year before when he was the eighth best left tackle.
So what is the backup plan if Beatty has to start training camp on the PUP list?
There’s John Jerry, who missed all of spring recovering from a knee scope. In addition to his medical issues, Jerry could be facing time away from the field related to his alleged participation in the Miami Dolphins workplace harassment scandal, as Jordan Raanan of NJ.com noted.
There’s Charles Brown, the former Saints left tackle who signed as an unrestricted free agent. Per PFF, Brown, who was benched by the Saints last year after struggling, was actually worse than Beatty, finishing as PFF’s 19th best left tackle (out of 20).
There’s James Brewer, who is entering his fourth year. Brewer has yet to play left tackle in the NFL, and has played right tackle in just six games. His better position is guard.
Lastly, there’s DeMarcus Love, who was added to the training camp roster following the mandatory minicamp.
Hopefully for the Giants, Beatty will be ready to go. If not, they might just have to bring in another veteran, especially if it looks as though Beatty’s absence could be extended and the other guys on the roster can't get it done.