New York Giants promote young UDFA wide receiver for week 4

New York Giants, Austin Mack, Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants made an interesting move prior to their week four contest against the Los Angeles Rams. With wide receiver Sterling Shepard set to miss the game with turf toe, the Giants elevated one young undrafted free agent receiver to the active roster.

Former Ohio State pass-catcher Austin Mack received the nod and will make his debut against a strong Rams team.

In Shepard’s absence, which could last multiple weeks, Mack could be his supplement for quite some time. Adding depth to the receiver corps is essential, and Mack did enough during camp to justify his elevation.

Mack, who is a 6-foot-2, 208-pound receiver, will likely spend a majority of his time on the active roster as a special teams fill-in. However, he has tangible traits to be a solid option for Daniel Jones in the passing game.

In 2019, he caught 27 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Injuries derailed his campaign, but he has deceiving strength off the line of scrimmage and is a solid route runner. The Giants failed to draft any past catchers this year, and in a deep class, it might have been a tumultuous move. They did add a bevy of undrafted players, including Mack, Binjimen Victor, and Derrick Dillon. Mack is the first to receive an opportunity in the NFL.