New York Giants lose key special team’s player to non-contact injury

New York Giants, Cody Core

The New York Giants managed to escape the second day of padded practices without a significant number of injuries, but one critical special-teams player did go down with a non-contact injury. Wide receiver and gunner Cody Core tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2020 season.

Core, who is reserve receiver, only enjoyed five targets in 2019, tallying 28 yards. His best season came in 2016 with the Cincinnati Bengals, when he hauled in 17 receptions for 200 yards.

Core is one of the Giants’ best special teams players, and his loss will open up the door for an undrafted free agent or a late-round draft pick to supplement him.

Last year, he played in 62% of special teams snaps, the highest in his entire career. With head coach Joe Judge being a special teams coordinator in the past, his expertise will come in handy in situations like this. The Giants have plenty of fast and agile players to begin refining, but Core was excellent at his job, and replacing him will be extremely difficult.