Starting at LT? It's a guessing game

September, 12, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Will Beatty says he is ready to take over the starting left tackle job for the Giants, but coach Tom Coughlin wouldn't commit to that on Wednesday.

"We’ll see. We’ll see how fast he comes," said Coughlin, when asked if Beatty could start Sunday against Tampa Bay.

When asked a follow-up question -- "Is that [Beatty's] job when he's healthy? -- Coughlin again responded cryptically with, "We'll see."

Starting Beatty at left tackle was the plan coming into this season, but the 27-year-old missed most of training camp because of a bad back. Nine-year vet Sean Locklear, acquired for depth during the offseason, has been playing in his place.

However, Beatty did not appear on the Giants' injury report on Wednesday, and took snaps with both the first and second units for the second straight day of practice.

"I thought I was ready the first week," Beatty said Wednesday, when asked Wednesday if he feels ready to start against the Buccaneers. "My confidence level is, that’s still my spot, I’m still the starting left tackle."

Beatty did see some action against the Cowboys in Week 1 -- but not at left tackle. Instead, he was used as an extra blocker in jumbo packages.

He's hoping for more action this coming Sunday.

"Not on the injury report, so that’s a plus. A step forward," Beatty said. "The rest is up to the coaches. I just gotta make sure that my practice gives them confidence. So if they have confidence in me in practice, they’ll put me in games."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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