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Are Chris Snee's days numbered?
In: Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Charles Brown, John Jerry, Demarcus Love
Out: Chris Snee (retired), Dallas Reynolds, Jamaal Johnson-Webb (practice squad), Rogers Gaines, James Brewer, Troy Kropog, Eric Herman (practice squad)
As Jordan Raanan of NJ.com noted, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding veteran offensive lineman Chris Snee, who is attempting to return after season-ending surgeries on his hip and elbow.
While Raanan reported that Snee is “planning to be ready for the start of camp," he also raises a valid point about how, if Snee had trouble making it through a non-contact slate of spring practices, how would Snee hold up to the rigors of training camp?
My guess is that Snee’s body just isn’t going to cooperate with his desire to play one more season. I would not be surprised if he is forced to retire by the end of the summer.
The other question mark from an injury perspective involves left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg.
Beatty is supposed to be ready for the start of camp, but his progress has been something of a mystery.
He's only spoken to reporters once, that in late April. Since then, head coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about Beatty's progress, has sounded uncertain as well.
On June 12, the coach told reporters that Beatty “seems like he’s making progress,” adding, “That’s what we’re hoping for,” when asked if the expectation was for Beatty to be ready by camp.
Those remarks came a week after Beatty tweeted this ominous message, which may or may not have been related to his recovery:
More recently, Beatty re-tweeted a photo of him working out with a trainer, this on July 15. This tweet’s tone sounded much more positive than the one on June 15:
We'll finally get answers on Monday regarding Beatty's readiness for camp. If he can’t go, Charles Brown would probably be the next man up.
Meanwhile, I have John Jerry making the roster, even though it's not known if his alleged involvement in the Miami Dolphins workplace scandal might result in a medical evaluation that might take him away from the team, as Raanan noted in March.
As the depth at tackle appears a little thin, I also have DeMarcus Love making the roster. Love, who can play both guard and tackle, was suspended for four games in 2013 after violating the league’s policy on PEDs as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
I have James Brewer not making the 53-man roster. Brewer, who possesses wonderful size and physical tools, had an excellent opportunity to secure a starting job last year, but just couldn’t get it done. Entering his fourth season, it wouldn’t be surprising if the coaches have concluded that Brewer has hit his ceiling.
I also tried to find a spot for Eric Herman on the 53-man roster, but was unable to do it given the uncertainty involving Beatty. Herman would still be eligible for the practice squad if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster.