The Giants are going with Sean Locklear at left tackle for now. Will Beatty, the projected starter whose promising 2011 season ended after 10 games, is back healthy and practicing, but he's a backup at this point.
"There will be no change there unless I let you know," head coach Tom Coughlin said this week when asked about the situation.
Locklear filled in while Beatty missed most of camp with a back injury and impressed the Giants' brass, especially with his pass blocking. Although it took the 31-year-old Locklear, a ninth-year pro, a little longer to master the team's run schemes, sources say they liked the way he looked, especially in tandem with the other blockers, in Week One.
We hear this is more of a "hot hand" theory and not as much of a knock on Beatty, although it remains a bit surprising that the Giants have not gone back to him. They certainly could at some point, though, so this situation is hardly set in stone and Beatty should get the opportunity to win back the job at some point.