Monday, September 3, 2012
Locklear preparing to start at LT
By Ian Begley
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Veteran Sean Locklear is preparing to start at left tackle on Wednesday.
Locklear expects to start place of Will Beatty in the Giants' season opener against Dallas. Beatty is dealing with a back injury.
Locklear, the veteran tackle who spent the majority of his nine-year career in Seattle, said on Monday that he just recently became familiar with the communication and terminology used on the line of scrimmage.
"It's just the verbiage, there's so much verbiage," Locklear said. "But now I'm completely comfortable with the offense."
Locklear added that he's looking at the start as an opportunity to prove himself to coaches and teammates.
"I'm not getting complacent," he said. "I know anything can happen but I'm (approaching) it like I'm a starter and I'm going to play like that, I'm going to do the job."
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride acknowledged that the team considered shifting right tackle David Diehl to the left side, but ultimately decided they were comfortable with Locklear, who was originally brought in to be the team's third tackle.
At left tackle, Locklear could see plenty of Dallas' Demarcus Ware, one of the most dangerous rushers in the NFL.
Locklear said that, as a Redskin last season, he did not play in the games against Dallas. But he has faced him during his time in Seattle.
Regardless, the veteran said he feels prepared to play against the best in the NFL because he's done it every day in practice, when he lines up against the likes of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora.
"If you want to get ready for games, it doesn't get any better than that," he said.
Still, he's not above getting a little nervous before a game as big as Wednesday's season opener.
"I was told that if you're not nervous, you're not ready to play," he said.