The New York Giants made the signing of offensive tackle Will Beatty official on Wednesday morning. A 2009 second-round pick by the Giants who has spent his entire career with New York, told the team’s official web site that he feels like he is “home.”
“I’m feeling a lot of emotions right now,” Beatty said. “It’s just good to be back amongst my teammates and players. I just feel like I’m coming home. Then again, walking through the doors, there’s a lot of changes. A lot of things aren’t the same. It’s that same house that just got remodeled feel. It feels good, but you have to figure out where everything is now. It’s just being here after spending all these years with the Giants, I’m excited to be back. I still have a lot of work to do, a lot of good ahead of me. I’m just taking it one day at a time looking forward to the future.”
The Giants released Beatty in February. He had tryouts and opportunities with other teams, including a reported offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“But they didn’t feel like home,” Beatty said. “I know in this league, everyone doesn’t get the opportunity that I had, (spending) seven seasons with one team. That’s a blessing. It’s okay to move on, but in my heart and my mind, that’s not how you leave. That’s not how you end something. I wanted to make sure to the best of my ability if I can play, I want to be able to play. This is the team I want to play for.”
Beatty has played left tackle for most of his career, with the Giants saying 58 of his 63 career starts have been at that spot. He has four starts at right tackle and one as a jumbo tight end. This time around is expected to compete with Marshall Newhouse for the right tackle spot. He doesn’t seem to care, saying the only position on the line he doesn’t believe he can play is center.
“The goal is to make it on the field,” he said. “You find a home on the field, you want to keep that home. The goal is that I prefer to be on the field and not on the bench. Just being here, having the chance, the opportunity, that’s all I can ask for. There’s only so much you can control. Given the opportunity to get back out there on the field, I’ll do my best to show that there’s a spot for me, not only on the team but out there on the field. When we’re out there under the lights, game day, I can contribute to this team in a great way.”