Washington can’t be overlooked by Giants
By Mike Florio
A 22-year-old undrafted rookie from Newberry College in South Carolina has taken the Giants by storm. Corey Washington, once cut by the Arizona Cardinals and a long shot to make the roster, has made it hard to overlook him this preseason. He made his presence felt catching a touchdown in all four preseason games he played in.
Washington caught a 73-yard game-winning touchdown in the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, a trend that he would continue, catching game winning passes against the Steelers and Colts. While he did not catch a game-winning pass against the Jets, he did score his fourth touchdown of the preseason, a 31-yard strike from Ryan Nassib.
Think long and hard, but wasn’t there another Giants wide out was just an undrafted player from a small school and took the team by storm scoring four touchdowns in a preseason?
That’s right, Victor Cruz. Cruz has now gone on to become the teams number one wide out, landing a pretty hefty contract in the process. While Washington has a lot to prove before he can even be considered the next Victor Cruz, the Giants should not just discount his big preseason. Just think if they did that to Cruz back in 2010.
There are other reasons too why Washington should find his name on the 53-man roster. First of all, he can provide size at the position that the Giants desperately need, standing at 6’4” and 215-pounds. He could provide Eli Manning with a much needed red zone threat, and since he has already showed the ability to be a deep threat, he could fill in nicely if Rueben Randle or Odell Beckham Jr. were to go down.
While he has only played against reserves in games, he has worked with the first team at practice, and reports indicate he looks like he belongs.
The Giants have three definite wide receiver locks for their final roster, and in all likelihood that number is likely four, being Victor Cruz, Randle, Beckham Jr. and the fourth Jerrel Jernigan.
That leaves one or two roster spots open between Preston Parker, Mario Manningham, and Trindon Holliday.
Holliday has yet to play a game for the Giants this preseason and Manningham, according to reports, has done little at practice, or in games. Neither of the two has shown more this preseason than Washington.
Parker has played fairly well, and can be used as a punt returner, likely sealing his spot on the team.
That would leave potentially one wide receiver spot on the team, if the Giants elect to roster six at the position. They should elect to do so, and reward the final spot to Washington.
His recent comments indicate that he is biting at the chomp to face the team that cut him back in May, the Arizona Cardinals. It would be great for the Giants to let Washington see some playing time in their week two matchup.