Just a few weeks ago Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere watched the supplemental draft with a watchful eye.
There were plenty of folks who wanted cornerback help for America’s Team. Western Michigan’s Sam Beal was a name on plenty of people’s radar.
Ultimately Beal found himself as the latest member of the New York Giants, who selected him in the third round. The G-Men forfeited a third-round selection in the 2019 draft as a result, but it was a great roll of the dice or someone with Beal’s talent.
Part of the unfortunate realities of training camp is that players get hurt. It’s just the way football goes. Training camp hasn’t even really started rolling yet, and our division rivals were already dealt a bit of bad news. New York won’t see Beal until at least 2019.
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
To add to @diannaESPN's report: Giants CB Sam Beal got tangled with a teammate during yesterday's practice, and shoulder popped out. Bad luck.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 25, 2018
The news is certainly jarring for Giants fans as they were hopeful that Beal could come in and contribute right away. Why wouldn’t they think that? Beal is very talented at the end of the day, and oh yea, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said so just before the bad news broke.
Pat Shurmur on new CB Sam Beal, picked in the third round of the supplemental draft: "Very, very talented guy, his movement skills are tremendous. We feel he can compete to make our team.''— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 25, 2018
New York’s defense gave Dallas fits two seasons ago and Beal was ideally going to help them get back to that effort. The NFC East as a whole is going to need great cornerback help with three legitimate quarterbacks (Eli Manning, obviously).
Here’s hoping nobody else across the NFL suffers any sort of injuries throughout camp.