Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced following Wednesday’s practice that LT William Beatty and CB Trumaine McBride will both see the field at Indianapolis on Saturday night. When speaking on the status of rookie Odell Beckham, Coughlin took a more ambiguous stance.
Beatty has been eased back into live action following rehab from his week 17 broken leg. While a series of migraine headaches during training camp have also slowed his climb back into game form, Beatty proclaimed himself in “great football shape”. Coughlin did not state concretely if Beatty would jump back into the starting lineup or if Charles Brown would continue taking 1st team reps. The 6’5 300 pound Brown has been effective in opening up running lanes using his agility, but he’s been overpowered by pass rushers off the edge.
LT Will Beatty will play Saturday night for the first time since injuring his right leg/knee in the final game of last season.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 14, 2014
Trumaine McBride also underwent offseason surgery back in January to repair a torn labrum in his hip. The Giants re-inked McBride to two-year $2.875 million deal during free agency, and he’ll serve as an unusually competent depth piece behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara on the outside. McBride led the secondary with 15 passes defensed in 2013.
Now for the 10.4 million dollar question: will Odell Beckham be a game participant? OBJ returned to the practice field this week and has increased his reps with each passing day. He even caught a ten-yard touchdown in 11 on 11 drills on Wednesday, which left most of Giants Twitter foaming at the mouth:
Holy cow, Beckham catches a TD in red zone drill. Defense was there and everything! #GiantsCamp
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 13, 2014
Big Blue is getting healthier. It will be a truly glorious evening when Giants Nation finally observes Odell Beckham snatching the pigskin away from a defender and shaking & baking after the catch… The time is near. Stay tuned for further injury updates closer to Saturday night’s game time.