New York Giants: 4 undrafted wide receivers gearing up to fight for roster spot

New York Giants

Training camp for the New York Giants will be used to iron out multiple positions that don’t have an established player present. Most of the position battles will occur in secondary/reserve spots, like at CB2 and WR4.

With DeAndre Baker being placed in the Commissioner’s Exempt list and Sam Beal opting out of the 2020 season, the Giants brought in Ross Cockrell to compete for a starting spot. However, that shouldn’t take away from their youth options in Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, Chris Williamson, and more.

The final wide receiver spot on the roster is expected to go to Corey Coleman, who suffered an ACL tear during last year’s training camp. Coming off another significant injury, the Giants have added plenty of UDFA players to compete alongside Coleman. Ultimately, the final wide receiver spot also has to contribute on special teams, which makes kick returning an influential part of the pending position battle.

Here are four undrafted free agents the New York Giants will look to at WR4:

1.) Binjimen Victor

Victor started for the first time during his senior year in 2019. At 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, he’s a bit undersized to be a power receiver, but he can utilize his lanky frame and wingspan to act as a security bank blanket on intermediate routes.

Having posted 573 yards and six touchdowns of the 12 games last year, Victor brings over decent production. While I don’t expect him to become a significant player on the Giants in year one, he could act as a solid back and option to supplement injuries. Surprisingly, he has great post-catch abilities and can make defenders miss in the open field.

New York Giants make two signings, boost WR and CB positions

New York Giants, Ross Cockrell

The New York Giants have been proactive over the weekend, making two moves to add competition to wide receiver and cornerback. With DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal likely missing the 2020 campaign, the Giants have been looking to supplement the corner position. With the lack of a better experience and a void at CB2, Big Blue hosted Ross Cockrell on Friday.

Cockrell last spent time with the Giants in 2017, when he played in 16 games and started in nine. He racked up 50 tackles, 11 passes defended, and three interceptions. He is a high character player with a great work ethic.

New York Giants sign a corner:

According to Art Stapleton, the Giants agreed to terms with Cockrell, who will compete at cornerback with Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, Corey Ballentine, and Chris Williamson.
Cockrell has spent five seasons in the NFL, playing with the Carolina Panthers in 2019. Starting int 11 games, he logged up 62 combined tackles, three tackles for loss, eight passes defended, two interceptions, and a 55.2% completion rate against. Allowing just one touchdown, he was actually quite efficient for the Panthers in coverage. His lofted 16.2% missed tackle rate was the most glaring negative of his statistics.

However, having started so many games last season, he’s a perfect fit on a cheap deal for the Giants.

With the team saving $9.9 million in cap space due to Nate Solder opting out, the ideal move would be to move as much money as possible over to the 2021 season.

The Giants made another move on Saturday, signing former Michigan State wide receiver Cody White. Over 13 games, he posted 922 yards and six touchdowns over 66 receptions.

The Giants have brought in a bevy of undrafted free agent wide receivers to compete for the number four spot on the roster, including Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, and Derek Dillon. White will now insert himself into the mix, but without a preseason to work with, it will be difficult for these players to earn a spot on the roster. However, the practice squad seems like the end result for most of the UDFAs.