Sam Beal is certain the Giants made a wise move giving up a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to select him in the 2018 supplemental draft.
“Oh yeah — they wouldn’t have been wrong if they got me in the first, promise you that,” Beal told The Post.
Beal, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback, enjoyed a triumphant return to the playing field Monday opposite Janoris Jenkins after missing all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
“I can be real good,” Beal said. “I’m gonna show that, too. … I’m different. I’m smart, I’m quick, and I’m fast at the same time. You can be quick, you can be fast, but I’m quick and I’m fast. And I’m a physical corner.”
And he wants the coaches to know he can play outside or in the slot.
“If they put me anywhere, I can play it,” Beal said. “I got range out the door. I can get sideline to sideline just as fast as anybody else.”
He impressed when he batted an Eli Manning pass on the sideline to Jabrill Peppers.
“I got real good eyes,” Beal said. “I can see how he’s looking. I was in the right place at the right time.”
He doesn’t sound overly concerned about his shoulder holding up.
“Just hitting big bags, boxing too, doing a lot of push-ups,” Beal said. “Make sure your arms hit the ground hard. Just make sure you get that feeling. You don’t want to be too iffy when you get out there.”
Beal listed Jenkins, Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman and Josh Norman among his favorite corners.
“I got long arms, I got quick feet,” Beal said. “I’m real patient because I feel like I can run with any receiver. So I don’t overstep myself, I don’t overrun myself. I like to play real patient so I have the opportunity to pick off a lot of routes or run routes for the receivers.”
Beal watched last season from a MetLife suite.
“It was good to be out there,” he said. “Now it’s all about footwork.”
He’ll be out there with Jenkins and plethora of young defensive backs.
“The new NYPD [New York Pass Defense],” Beal said, smiling.