The Giants approached Will Beatty about a position change on the offensive line that might have allowed him to play in 2015, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports tweets. However, rather than moving to guard or right tackle for the remainder of the season, Beatty opted to have season-ending surgery. The Giants’ thinking was that Beatty’s inside shoulder strength would have been compromised had he returned to left tackle, but he wasn’t on board with that plan.
Here’s more from the NFC East:
- After the Cowboys worked to upgrade their pass rush in the offseason, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News wonders where the improved sack and turnover totals are. Despite the addition of Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy and using a second-round pick on end Randy Gregory, the Cowboys rank 25th in the NFL with 14 sacks. That’s nearly identical to 2014 when they finished 28th in the league with 28 sacks.
- Only time will tell if the Cowboys jumped the gun by giving Tyrone Crawford a hefty contract extension, George writes, though it’s clear that he hasn’t been living up to that deal so far this season. In September, the Cowboys inked Crawford to a five-year, $45MM pact that includes $17.5MM in fully guaranteed cash. At the time, the 25-year-old (26 in a few weeks) was coming off a year where he rated as Pro Football Focus’ 15th-best defensive tackle out of 81 graded.
- By accepting his behavior, the Cowboys have given Hardy absolutely no reason to change, Christine Brennan of USA Today writes. While the world wants to see Hardy be contrite and change, Brennan is less than optimistic.