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Cornerback Sam Beal opts out of 2020 season

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Cornerback Sam Beal has become the third Giants player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

He joins starting left tackle Nate Solder and wide receiver Da'Mari Scott in choosing not to play this year.

Under the agreement reached between the NFL and the Players Association, players can choose not to play in the upcoming season without penalty. The deadline is 4 p.m. tomorrow and the opt-out is irrevocable.

Beal was expected to compete for increased playing time this season. A third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft, he missed his entire rookie year with a shoulder injury he originally sustained at Central Michigan.

In 2019, Beal spent the first nine games of the season on injured reserve with a pulled hamstring and missed the season finale vs. Philadelphia with a shoulder injury. He played in six games with three starts and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo) and one pass defensed.

Free agent acquisition James Bradberry will almost certainly start at one corner. With DeAndre Baker on the Commissioner Exempt List and Beal opting out, the corners competing for jobs and reps are Corey Ballentine, Grant Haley, Montre Hartage, 2020 draft choices Darnay Holmes (fourth round) and Chris Williamson (seventh) and perhaps second-year pro Julian Love.

*Linebacker Josiah Tauaefa was activated off the reserve/COVID list, one day after he was placed on it.

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