Nate Solder - Depends. Could be that his struggles have been due more to a bad team, coaching. And, could new regime fix them? I suspect he would have played better, possibly much better - but, him opting out allows Thomas to begin his tenure at LT immediately. Big picture - probably a good thing. The ripple effect will be what happens at RT - I'm thinking Fleming will be functional there for a year, and we'll see what Peart can do. Gates is pencilled in at guard, but I think should Fleming get dinged up - Gates could be next man up at RT.
RE: Beal. I was excited about the glimpses of talent he has shown and his physical gifts. But, given his inability to stay healthy, I thought that if he stayed healthy it would be icing on the cake, an unexpected surprise. Baker's jackasserey has made Beal's opting out more of an issue, but that is based on the questionable assumption that Beal could stay on the field consistently.
Do not blame any player for making this decision. I will not be surprised at all if Beal and Solder's Giant's days are done...for good.
Solder - while his play was unlikely going to be better, it would have been helpful to have him still compete for the LT job. He is a professional and would have likely been a positive influence on Thomas and the rest of the rookies. Now the pressure is on Thomas without question and it really just filters downhill from there on that line.
Beal - didn't like what we saw from his minimal time on field (nor really his minimal time on the field), but the secondary still needs to figure out who are the right pieces. And Beal would have been in the mix, so who knows but would have rather have seen him develop and compete.
It was certainly debatable if Thomas should have played LT even if Solder was available.....now, he must step up. Hopefully....will be a longterm benefit. Giants has needed better OL play for 9 years now....lets hope it finally gets settled.
I doubt the WR would have made the Team.
Beal is the biggest head scratcher. Still wonder what is the entire story. This certainly puts a hit on his future as a Giant....they need someone to step up....or get cleared.
Solder's poor play the result of being on a bad team?
team anyway. Therefore, at the risk of being callous, I’m the guys who may have been behind Solder and Beal on the depth chart will get to take their playing time so they can get better and our staff can see what they’ve got.
Again acknowledging this sounds callous...but from a pure roster/talent perspective, guys like Da’Mari Scott are a dime a dozen on the fringe of NFL rosters.
It is amazing how no matter how many guys we draft and sign, CB remains a need every single offseason.
Oh, and lest the virtue signaling crowd think I’m not showing them enough respect...thoughts and prayers for Solder, Beal and Scott!!!
Beal had a great opportunity ahead of him to right a career that frankly is off to a horrible start. He has the potential. So do a lot of players who get washed out of the league.
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