Sam Beal
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New York Giants cornerback Sam Beal confident in getting back to football after shoulder injury plagued his entire rookie season.

When the New York Giants selected cornerback Sam Beal in the third round of the 2018 NFL Supplementary Draft, they knew he could be an eventual starter. However, all hope for a productive rookie season was lost for Beal when he went down with a shoulder injury in late July of last year. The injury put him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

However, Beal is healthy and back to work with the Giants. Not only that, he was a big part of a great defensive play during the Giants’ first OTA practice on Monday. He deflected a pass which set up an interception by safety Jabrill Peppers.

“I got real good eyes,” Beal told Steve Serby of the New York Post on Monday, regarding the play. “I can see how he’s looking. I was in the right place at the right time.”

Beal also spoke about how confident he is to get back on the field for Big Blue.

“I can be real good,” Beal said. “I’m gonna show that, too. …I’m different.”

Beal didn’t shy away from the abilities he has a defensive back either.

“I’m smart, I’m quick, and I’m fast at the same time,” he said. “You can be quick, you can be fast, but I’m quick and I’m fast. And I’m a physical corner.”

When it comes to recovering from the injury, Beal said he’s been “hitting big bags, boxing too, doing a lot of push-ups. 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 will be competing all summer and into the regular season for that weak-side cornerback spot. Janoris Jenkins will most definitely retain his starting spot as the strong-side corner. Beal will compete with rookies Deandre Baker and Julian Love.

If Beal doesn’t get the starting spot, the Giants will surely play him somewhere, such as the slot corner position where Grant Haley succeeded in 2018.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.