Will Beatty has been manning the left tackle spot for the Giants full time since 2011. Let's look at what the 2015 season might have in store for Beatty as we continue our player-by-player look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Beatty had an excellent bounce-back season in 2014. In 2013 Beatty had the worst year of his career, surrendering 13 sacks, 46 combined hits or hurries and earning a -11.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. He also suffered a grisly broken leg in the final game of the season. In 2014, Beatty played more like the player who had earned a five-year, $37.5 million contract from the Giants following the 2012 season. He allowed just three sacks and had a +13.0 PFF grade, second behind Odell Beckham Jr. on the Giants offense. He was the NFL's 12th-ranked left tackle. Beatty's 96.1 pass blocking efficiency rating was 15th among 54 tackles who played at least 50 percent of their team's offensive snaps.
2015 Season Outlook
There are still many Giants fans who can't forgive Beatty for that awful 2013 season, who forget the good work he did before that year as well as last season. There are still those fans, and analysts, who believe Beatty's spot on the Giants' 2015 roster is, or should be, in jeopardy.
Yours truly is not one of them, as I wrote a couple of months ago. Here is part of what I wrote then:"
... the Beatty hatred is really hard to understand. Is Beatty Walter Jones or Anthony Munoz? Or even the equal of current Philadelphia Eagles' left tackle Jason Peters? Heck no. But, as they say, he is also not exactly chopped liver.
"What is Beatty? The 30-year-old Beatty is something that is very difficult to find in the NFL, something precious that should not be easily cast aside. He is an above average left tackle."
The Giants drafted offensive tackle Ereck Flowers ninth overall, and the organization made it obvious they believe Flowers has the ability to become an NFL left tackle. Does that mean they think he is one right now? Or, that they believe it would be a good idea to cast Beatty aside and let a rookie try to protect the blind side of Eli Manning during a 'win or else' season?
Almost certainly not. As long as he is healthy, expect Beatty to man the left tackle spot for the Giants. Expect him to do a better than average job of it, as well.