EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants begin a three-day mandatory minicamp today. We wrote Monday about certain things that will be worth watching in the final practices before training camp starts next month.
One place I'm sure my eye will go this week is left tackle, where starter Will Beatty remains out of action as he continues to rehab the serious leg injury he suffered in the final game of the 2013 season. Free-agent acquisition Charles Brown is the most likely candidate to work in Beatty's place at left tackle, and it could be very important for Brown to get up to speed in the new offense.
Beatty's injury was a significant one, and Beatty's injury history indicates that he doesn't tend to recover quickly in the first place. The team doesn't seem interested at this point in moving second-year right tackle Justin Pugh to the left side (though they have said in the past that's something they could consider), and Brown is the only player on the team besides Beatty who was a starting left tackle in the NFL last year. If Beatty isn't ready for the start of the season, Brown could well have to handle the job.
The Giants are heavily invested in Beatty for at least one more season. They could conceivably get out of his contract with little pain by making him a post-June 1 cut in 2015. If he struggles again with injuries or ineffectiveness, it's something they could consider down the road. Their hope is that he bounces back and plays the way he played in 2012 and they don't have to make that decision. But in the short term, they're going to need someone besides him to play it, and I'm curious to see how that works.
What are you curious to find out this week in Giants minicamp?