The New York Giants are enjoying a healthy roster as the offseason program approaches, and that includes second-year cornerback Sam Beal.
The Giants’ 2018 third-round pick in the NFL Supplemental Draft was forced to sit out his first season thanks to a shoulder injury suffered before the team’s training camp. This injury was particularly concerning because Beal had just underwent shoulder surgery in February of the same year.
Beal’s return looks imminent, however. Head coach Pat Shurmur believes he’ll be ready to go when Big Blue can open up shop on April 15.
“We feel like he has those skills. He is doing a really good job coming back from that shoulder surgery. He had an excellent fall in getting himself ready to go,” Shurmur said, adding that Beal should be ready for the offseason program.
General manager Dave Gettleman has made small moves in order to shore up the team’s secondary this offseason, none of which will be enough to make anyone feel comfortable.
The Giants still need a reliable No. 2 behind their top corner, Janoris Jenkins, who has struggled in his own right the past few seasons. Beal has the talent to be that guy if he can stay healthy and it’s clear the Giants think the same, having given up a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to take him.
The 6-foot-1, 22-year-old corner received rave reviews from his head coach shortly after going down last year.
“Sam’s a very, very talented guy,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “His movement skills are tremendous and we feel like he could compete to make our team. We felt good about him, we got a chance to visit with him, and he was available, so we committed to him.”
Unless Gettleman pulls a rabbit out of his hat before or during the draft, Beal is the best shot the Giants have at adding an impact corner for the upcoming season. The Western Michigan product should have ample opportunity to show what he can do in 2019.