Beal was injured in during Monday’s practice. His options included playing in a harness, treatment of the injury, or season-ending surgery. According to NJ Advance Media, Beal has a history of shoulder problems, including right shoulder surgery earlier this year.
He was at Wednesday’s practice session with rookies and a select group of veterans. He participated in warm-ups and install periods but didn’t do any contract or one-on-one drills.
Beal was selected in the third round of the supplemental draft earlier this month. He was the Giants’ first supplemental draft pick since safety Tito Wooten in 1994 and the highest supplemental draft pick since wide receiver Josh Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns first overall in 2012.
The Giants surrendered a 2019 third-round pick to select Beal, who declared for the supplemental draft after starting two seasons at Western Michigan. Some draft experts had Beal going in the first round of the regular draft. He declared for the supplemental draft after his academic eligibility became an issue.
Beal was expected to immediately contribute to a cornerbacks group that lacks depth. Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are expected to be the starters. Beyond that, there is Donte Deayon, William Gay, Grant Haley, Chris Lewis-Harris, Curtis Riley, B.W. Webb, and Terry Williams.
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Beal has the height (6-foot-1) and speed (4.40 40-yard dash) to succeed at the NFL level. As a former wide receiver, his instinctive pass coverage abilities would have been an asset.
“Sam’s a very, very talented guy,” head coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday before Beal’s injury was made public. “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.”
Beal signed a four-year deal worth a little more than $4 million with a $1 million signing bonus. His contract technically counts against next year’s draft class since the Giants gave up their 2019 third-round pick to select him.
This injury puts the spotlight firmly on Jenkins and Apple, both of whom served suspensions a season ago. Their play also left much to be desired. Beal’s injury also puts a negative light on the Giants’ front office. If they didn’t know of Beal’s injury history, they should have. If they knew and drafted him anyway, the decision could come back to haunt them…especially since they had to give up a 2019 third-round pick draft to get him.
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