Cornerback Sam Beal, who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, has reportedly been named to the New York Giants 53-man roster.
Big Blue View reported a few weeks ago on Beal’s uphill battle in his journey back to the Giants’ roster.
A third-round supplemental draft pick in 2018, Beal has played in only six NFL games, all in 2019. He missed the entire 2018 season due to a shoulder injury and a hamstring injury in 2019 delayed his debut until November. In his six games, Beal recorded 26 tackles and a passer rating in coverage of 104.2, according to Pro Football Focus.
The on-field injuries and lack of playing time were not the only obstacles Beal faced as he tried to earn himself a spot on an already-crowded Giants secondary. In June, Beal pleaded guilty to two gun-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, from a June 2020 arrest. Beal was stopped for a traffic violation and then charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle, in addition to marijuana possession.
Beal was initially indicted on gun charges in August 2020 and informed the Giants he was opting out for 2020 eight days prior. He said that a lot of factors were involved in his decision to opt out, beyond the legal concerns.
“There’s ups and downs,” Beal said of the last 12 months in his media availability three weeks ago. “But I’m here today enjoying it right now and having fun. I can only speak for right now, and right now I’m enjoying it.”
Beal joins a Giants secondary that includes Adoree’ Jackson (who suffered a low-ankle sprain in joint practices against the Patriots last week), James Bradberry, Darnay Holmes and 2021 third-round pick Aaron Robinson, who is on PUP with a core muscle injury. Sixth-round selection Rodarius Williams has also shown flashes of promise in camp. CB Madre Harper was cut earlier today.
Stay with Big Blue View as we break down all of the Giants’ moves in shaping their 2021 roster.