Notebook: Beatty still slowed by back issue

June, 4, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Will Beatty continues to be hampered by a back issue. He was not out on the field during Monday's OTA.

"He has a bad back," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "That has kind of slowed him down. He is improving every day. I don't know that he will make the minicamp. But he is making good progress."

"I hope not, but it is always a concern," Coughlin added when asked if this is an ongoing issue. "Anybody that has had a bad back realizes that if you get yourself in trouble, it is very difficult to get out of trouble in a short amount of time. It is painful. But he has worked well at it. He is in every meeting. And I'm encouraged by that. He is not uncomfortable sitting in his meeting room chair. So he is making good progress."

James Brewer has seen reps at left tackle with Beatty out. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was also held out due to an elbow issue according to Coughlin.

BARDEN IMPRESSES: Wide receiver Ramses Barden knows this is likely a make-or-break season for him with the Giants, and so far he's making the most of it. He had a few nice catches Monday and was one of three players Coughlin mentioned when asked for some young standouts in OTAs thus far.

"I think there are four or five guys that have flashed that would give you some real good thoughts about how they performed out here," Coughlin said. "[Cornerback] Michael Coe had a couple of outstanding plays -- a real good interception the other day. Ramses Barden has had good flash plays out here. [Defensive end/linebacker] Adrian Tracy has done the same. Those would be the guys."

Coughlin also said he was impressed with first-round pick David Wilson's conditioning and veteran Ahmad Bradshaw's participation in practice when many expected him to sit out OTAs.

"A lot of the rookies have -- upon opportunity -- maybe a flash here and a flash there," Coughlin said. "David Wilson, with his conditioning and his quickness and speed, has been there. I'm encouraged by more and more guys that have had issues in the past –- like Ahmad, he has practiced a couple of days. We have him restricted but he will take the first couple or three plays of a practice and go. And he actually looks good and he appears to be pretty comfortable."

PRINCE CLEARED FOR INDIVIDUAL: Cornerback Prince Amukamara has been cleared to participate in individual work. Last year's first-round pick recently began running on grass after having an injection in his foot to help it heal this offseason. Amukamara broke his fifth metatarsal during training camp last summer.

Amukamara said he awaits clearance to see if he will be able to participate fully in next week's veteran's minicamp.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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