What to do with cornerback Sam Beal is one of the most difficult questions facing the New York Giants as they prepare to set their initial 53-man roster, which they must do by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Giants spent a third-round Supplemental Draft pick on Beal in 2018 and got nothing out of it as the cornerback spent his rookie season on IR with a shoulder injury incurred after only a couple of practices.
This year it seemed the Giants were counting on Beal to be their No. 3 cornerback on the outside behind Janoris Jenkins and DeAndre Baker.
Beal, though, has not played in any preseason games and has barely practiced after suffering hamstring and groin injuries early in training camp.
Beal wants nothing to do with spending yet another season on injured reserve.
“I’m not going back on IR,” Beal said recently. “I’m not. I’ll be killed before I go back there.”
The decision, though, isn’t Beal’s. And he may end up having to do that, anyway.
The Giants have Jenkins, Baker, Corey Ballentine and Grant Haley at corner. Julian Love will back up at both free safety and slot corner. That leaves Antonio Hamilton and Beal, both of whom have been battling injuries.
The Giants really have three choices with the 22-year-old Beal, all of which are complicated by the fact that in two preseasons they have rarely seen him on the field.
- Put him on IR now and automatically lose him for another full season.
- Keep him on the initial 53-man roster, then move him to IR. That would make him eligible to return later in the season.
- Carry him on the roster and hope that a) he gets healthy enough to be active on game days and b) that he’s actually good enough to justify holding down a roster spot.
What would you do, Giants fans?