Sam Beal will end his rookie season with the New York Giants before it ever began.
Dianna Russini of ESPN is reporting that New York Giants rookie cornerback Sam Beal has suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Giants cornerback Sam Beal who was chosen in the supplemental draft is out for the year with a shoulder injury per source. Big hit for this Giants defense.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) July 25, 2018
Just days ago, Beal was selected by the NY Giants in the third round of the Supplemental Draft. In order to get the pick, they traded their 2019 NFL Draft third-round pick with hopes of getting Beal on the field for the 2018 season.
According to Bleacher Report, Beal was to be ‘maybe’ the best prospect to ever enter the Supplemental Draft. The Western Michigan cornerback declared for the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft after he was worried he could be ruled academically ineligible for the 2018 NCAA season. Beal was projected as a late first-round pick to the Green Bay Packers (No. 25 overall) in Bleacher Report’s way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
The most positive aspect of Beal was he didn’t come with any negative baggage. No arrest record, no issues with teammates or coaches, and has never been a problem off the field. The only reason he was in the supplemental draft was due to his uncertainty about being eligible for the 2018 NCAA season.
Beal was a perfect fit for the Giants new defensive scheme. Checking in at 6’1″ and 185 pounds, and displaying his impressive 4.40 and insane 37″ vertical, Beal was poised to make heads turn. This season was his time to prove he could hang in the NFL after proving it hand over fist that he could handle the collegiate level.
But now with Beal out for the 2018 season, the door is open even wider now for undrafted rookie free agent Grant Haley, as well as veterans B.W. Webb and William Gay to battle for the nickel cornerback job this summer during training camp and the preseason.
Should be an interesting next couple of months at Giants camp.