Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tackle Will Beatty (65) defends as quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Beatty struggling to live up to his contract

New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty signed a five-year $38.75 million dollar deal before the season. Since then it has been mostly downhill as he has struggled to live up to the expectations that come with a large contract.

The assumption is that players in contract years play above their normal levels trying to earn a contract. Then when they’ve earned their contract they shut it down or never play back up to the level they did in that contract year.

Beatty is one of those players, but it isn’t intentional. The pressure of the contract has forced him to play differently, and consequently, poorly.

“I know I came into this year trying to do way too much and trying to change who I was to fulfill the media hype,” Beatty said, via the New York Post. “It’s like you got the contract, now eyes are on you, people are expecting more from you and you’re trying to live up to it. My first big contract, I’m like I want to earn this contract, I want to make sure they know that I’m not just a fluke and I’m going out there just not being me, not being the guy that got me to this contract.”

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