Beatty waiting for the go-ahead

September, 11, 2012
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Will Beatty took reps with the first and second team during Monday's practice and his back is feeling "good."

Beatty -- who missed most of OTAs, minicamp and training camp with a bad back -- says he is waiting for Tom Coughlin to give him the "go-ahead" when it comes to returning to the starting lineup. Sean Locklear got the start in the opener at left tackle and Beatty came in as the extra blocker. It remains to be seen whether Coughlin will reinsert Beatty in at left tackle or go with Locklear and take things slow with Beatty for another game.

"If I don't feel any pain, I feel good," Beatty said on Monday. "Last week I felt good and ready to go during the game. Gave me a few plays. ... Felt good during those plays and I'm just waiting until he gives me the go-ahead."

"I know I can handle it," he later added of the starter's workload. "It's my job. They said they were going to rest me [in the preseason], so that was my timetable to be ready for the first game, and it just so happened that they didn't need to use me. But as my mindset, I'm still preparing myself for me starting the game."

Beatty says he has no issues at the moment that would prevent him from being able to play an entire game.

"The back wasn't where it should've been, so it was like [don't] rush, get yourself right," he said. "The last two weeks, I had no problems, no setbacks."

He also has been testing himself in practice against Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul while splitting first and second-team reps.

"I'm still going against Osi and JPP full-go, like letting them know that I'm in here," he said. "Once you're in there, as a O-Line [starter in a game], you're in there. It's not both take a few plays, come out. ... So I'm just waiting for him to give me a go out there."
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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