The roster battles continued this week during the OTAs and so we look at the current picture of the New York Giants wide receiver roster.
As reported earlier in the week, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a mild hamstring injury and was left out of practice along with Mario Manningham recovering from knee problems. The other WR not to participate was Jerrel Jernigan who was out attending personal issues.
According to nj.com, the new offense is expected to use three and sometimes four wide receiver sets so they are probably going to keep up to six wide receivers on their final 53 man roster. Does that mean that it is an easy gig to land then? Absolutely not. There are 12 listed WRs at this moment and only 6 will make it, making it one of the most heated ongoing roster battles.
So who are the leading candidates?
If you consider Manningham in, we can count on three others that coach Tom Coughlin will surely pick: Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
Who gets the last two spots?
One strong candidate is Marcus Harris, AFL’s player that was present in the 2013 camp and again is being tried out this year. According to the journalists present at the facilities, Harris showed great timing catching the passes thrown his way and great athleticism. He was one of the four that received the most number of passes (Manningham not being present as previously said). Much like it is needed from rookies, Harris is going to need to prove if he is capable of learning the offense quickly and if he is willing to put the extra work to be part of a roster composed of accomplished WR’s the likes of Cruz and Manningham. There’s still a long way to go, but this 25 year old has shown that he has the drive and will to do it.
The other name that could potentially make the roster is Trenton Holliday, who signed with the Giants in March 2014. Playing for the Broncos in 2012-2013, Holliday broke two impressive records when he returned two 105 yard kick-offs and a made a 90 yard punt return for touchdown, the longest in league history. He wouldn’t have been discarded by the Broncos if he was a consistent reliable player, but these numbers might be the difference between staying or leaving when it comes to Coughlin choosing the player for the last Wide Receiver spot.
Next week, more fun.