New York Giants: TJ Jones is proving his case for a roster spot

TJ Jones, New York Giants (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TJ Jones, New York Giants (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The preseason is only two weeks old, and players on the borderline for a roster spot are treating it like the postseason. TJ Jones hopes his stellar play will be enough to make the New York Giants.

The New York Giants are in a tough situation regarding their depth at wide receiver as the injury to Corey Coleman and a four-game suspension to Golden Tate. These issues have indicated an immediate need for young talent to step up or the front office would have to seek help from the outside as in the case of veteran TJ Jones.

Jones played his first four NFL seasons for the Detroit Lions, hauling in 64 passes for 814 yards and four touchdowns in his career to this point. A former sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Jones understands the fight for a guaranteed roster spot better than most at his position. The chance to play with the Giants and prove himself in the preseason is added fuel to his fire and kept him motivated throughout training camp as he spoke to reporters recently.

"“I think that the opportunity, when it’s presented, you make it what you want it to,If you come in here (as) just a camp body, then that’s what you put out on film. You won’t believe you have a shot, so you won’t put your best foot forward. But if you come in with the mindset that I’m here to earn a spot, to earn a job whether it’s here to put out good film or if I were let go for someone else to see good film, that’s on you. So, I came to make the best of the opportunity and to definitely not let the timing of it affect the way I approached it.”"

Jones led the team in targets again on Friday night in the Giants victory over the Chicago Bears securing a 15-yard touchdown catch from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in the second quarter. It was the second straight week with a touchdown catch as Jones did the same a week prior via Kyle Lauletta in a victory over the New York Jets.

Jones is saying and doing all the right things to earn him the roster spot for not only the first four games but well beyond with his impressive performance. Giants fans will be fully on board after the third preseason game if Jones catches passes from expected starter Eli Manning and playing with the first string lineup.

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The Giants are so slim on playmakers at wide receiver that it would take an incredible free agent to become surprisingly available after training camp to take any playing time away from Jones.