New York Giants: Two Players Bouncing Back From Injury In 2020

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The New York Giants have a very different looking roster than they did last season, with one of the highest rates of player turnover in the league so far, and a number of new additions who weren’t there in 2019 will take the field for the team this fall.

However, those aren’t the only new faces that might show up in the lineup. The Giants have some players who were on the roster last year but didn’t get to play much or at all because injuries took them out early.

Two players in specific stand out a Giants that could make a splash after bouncing back from an injury from last year.

WR Corey Coleman

The team might have a competition at the receiver position if Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate don’t return at the top of their game, and one of the competitors may be Corey Coleman. While Darius Slayton broke out last year and is the obvious choice to have a bigger role in 2020, Coleman is a near unknown factor.

That’s because Coleman didn’t play at all last season, tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp instead.

The 25 year old has three prior seasons before his injury, where his best performance came in his rookie year where he caught three touchdown passes and 413 yards. Not the world’s most impressive numbers, but at this age, there’s still time to improve.

At 5’11”, Coleman doesn’t quite fit the role of a big bodied receiver and is likely to end up in competition with Shepard, who is only an inch apart in height. But this might not be such a bad spot. Shepard struggled last season with concussions, and if he misses time again, the Giants will need further depth to compensate for his absence.

That, of course, is a chance for the previously injured Coleman to play a larger role.

ILB Ryan Connelly

The Giants have another player that didn’t get to do much during the 2019 season before getting put out of action by an ACL tear. That was the fate that Ryan Connelly shared with Coleman, except Connelly was already off to a hot start in the league by the time it happened.

Connelly ended up starting 3 games in 4 overall appearances during his rookie season. He had 20 total tackles and one sack, and it looked like he was set to breathe new life into the inside linebacker position as a recent steal in the draft.

However, the ACL tear ended his hopes of making that kind of impact last season.

Unfortunately for Connelly, he has increased competition now that the Giants have had time to shop in free agency. Blake Martinez is a big name new addition at his position and fans will expect to see Martinez make an immediate and big impact for the cost the Giants are spending on him.

David Mayo also became established in the linebacker group last season, and following the assumption that Martinez is an automatic starter, it looks like Connelly may compete heavily with Mayo for time in the rotation.

Despite this, Connelly still has a chance to make an impact – it’s unknown how fast he’ll get back to his form from the early 2019 season, and it may help to come off the bench this year with others handling the bulk of the snaps at inside linebacker. After all, inside linebacker is known as a position that requires more depth than others.

New York Giants darkhorse wide receiver could be a contributor in 2020

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

With the New York Giants turning over their offensive scheme in 2020 under new coordinator Jason Garrett, some players will benefit more than others. Playing a lot of 12 personnel with two tight ends will likely be a focal point for Garrett, and with injuries plaguing the unit in 2019, having ample depth at tight end and wide receiver is a necessity.

That is why retaining Corey Coleman, previously of the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots makes sense. Coleman tore his ACL during training camp last year, ending his season prematurely in what was supposed to be a bounce-back campaign from 2018 when he was cut by the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots before landing with the Giants in mid-October.

Coleman ended up being activated for the final eight games of the season, and while he caught just five passes, he showed the potential to earn a roster spot moving forward.

Can the New York Giants depend on Corey Coleman next season?

Coleman has dealt with consistent setbacks throughout his career, suffering a broken hand early on in Cleveland and tearing his ACL last year. He has been looking for an opportunity to showcase what he’s capable of, and the Giants continue to give him another chance. He’s a high character player who works hard year-round and considering the number of injuries the Giants endured at the position last season, having a quality reserve option is a necessity.

Coleman’s best season to date was in 2016 as a rookie first-round pick, tallying 413 yards, and three touchdowns. He has continuously regressed leading up to the 2020 campaign, where he will be a fringe roster player who could ultimately get caught in the sweeping cut rounds during training camp.

Nonetheless, Coleman has fantastic speed, running a 4.37 40 yard dash of his combine four years ago. While he is far removed from that accomplishment, Coleman could serve as a special-teams player if not at wide receiver. He’s capable of returning kicks for the Giants, who also drafted multiple players that can take over the role with more consistency. His speed ultimately might be a significant factor keeping in his retention, but nothing is set in stone as he must earn a roster spot before we can guarantee any production in 2020.

New York Giants Announce New Free Agent Numbers

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants announced the numbers that their newly signed free agents will be wearing in 2020. The Giants announced the numbers for ten of the twelve free agents they signed this offseason. The two players whose numbers have not been announced are Corey Coleman and Casey Kreiter. Coleman will likely wear the same number he wore with the Giants the last two seasons (19) but Casey Kreiter will have to find himself a new number. He wore 42 in Denver but the New York Giants have retired that number.

The New Numbers:

James Bradberry- 24

Colt McCoy- 12

Levine Toilolo- 83

Austin Johnson- 93

Blake Martinez- 54

Kyler Fackrell- 51

Cameron Fleming- 75

Eric Tomlinson- 85

Nate Ebner- 43

Dion Lewis- 33

Numbers of Notice:

James Bradberry will be keeping his number 24 from Carolina. The Giants did have a number 24 on the roster in 2019. Rookie safety Julian Love wore 24 after switching from the number 37 that he wore during the preseason. Love will undergo another number change in 2020. After giving 24 to Bradberry, Julian will switch to number 20 for the upcoming NFL season.

The Giants also gave number 51 to new pass-rusher Kyler Fackrell. This number was occupied in 2019- and the twelve seasons prior. 51 was the number donned by long snapper Zak DeOssie since 2007. But the Giants are moving on from DeOssie this season, signing free agent long snapper Casey Kreiter. So, for the first time in 13 years, number 51 will be worn by a player not named Zak DeOssie.

New York Giants To Re-Sign Wide Receiver Corey Coleman

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants are re-signing wide receiver Corey Coleman to a one-year deal, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. Coleman missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL. The 25-year-old receiver suffered the gruesome injury in the first training camp practice of 2019.

The Giants signed Coleman in 2018 after the New England Patriots cut him. Corey Coleman is a former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He has struggled to find his footing in the NFL and has been on four teams in the last two years.

In 2018, Corey Coleman appeared in eight games for the Giants, starting in one of those games. He was targeted eight times, tallying five receptions for 71 yards and five first downs. Coleman was expected to receive an increased role in the offense in the 2019 season before his injury. The Giants’ offense sorely missed a deep-threat, speedy receiver, a position Coleman could surely fill.

Since suffering the ACL injury last offseason, Coleman has been patiently waiting for a second chance. It seems now that he has received that chance and will have the opportunity to once again fight for a roster spot with the New York Giants.

New York Giants: Corey Coleman Is Looking For A Second Chance

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants had some players perform above expectations and some players perform under them at the wide receiver position in 2019. Darius Slayton notably stepped up and became a bigger part of the offense than most imagined he would be when the Giants drafted him in the middling rounds, while Sterling Shepard missed much of the year with concussion trouble despite being projected as the top receiver going into the season.

One player who fell behind even more than Shepard, however, was Corey Coleman. Coleman had the bad luck of picking up an ACL tear before the season even started, and it kept him out for the entire season – during an important contract year at that. Now, heading into free agency, Coleman doesn’t have the best numbers to show for. He didn’t play for the Giants at all in 2019 and in 2018, he only had appearances in eight games and only caught 71 yards.

Not impressive numbers for a player looking for a new contract soon.

However, while talking to ESPN, Coleman explained that he’s still looking for a second chance in spite of that problem.

“Just give me a chance. I’m not asking for anything. Just a fair chance and opportunity,” Coleman told ESPN. “I have a lot of growing to do, but I’ve grown so much. I look at myself four years ago, OK, I was 20 years old. I was a baby. Now I look at myself and my mind, and the way it works and my work ethic – everything has changed and matured. I got hurt, but I learned so much stuff.”

According to the same article, the Athletic has given Coleman 50/50 odds of returning to the league.

That may be with the Giants and it may be with someone else but with the Giants being linked to a number of receivers in the Draft, it may be more likely that the team finds another receiver for their rotation there rather than by relying on underperforming players like Coleman to step it up.

Still, despite the troubles, Coleman believes he’s improved as a player and spoke of what he’s focusing on.

“I look at my routes. Are they crisp? How am I coming off the ball? Does everything look the same? I’m looking at the defender. Which hand does he jam with? Which way does he step?” he said, when speaking of his focus while watching film. “He steps left, all right. My move.”

There’s no guarantee Coleman ends up back on the Giants this year but if the staff believe his words about improvement are true, it’s hard to rule out also – drafting a good receiver would take a pick that could be used to improve more needed positions, giving the Giants an incentive to stay with what’s already on their roster. And after the availability problems of some players last year, the Giants are likely going to want a rotation of receivers rather than just a few notable starters.

Could Coleman end up in that rotation? That depends on just how much the former first round draft pick has improved since his injury and recovery.

Should the New York Giants really consider a Laquon Treadwell trade?

Should the New York Giants look into Laquon Treadwell?

The New York Giants wide receiver corps has been decimated by injuries and suspensions this offseason. The first to go down was Corey Coleman with an ACL, a former first-round pass-catcher that was looking to revitalize his career and compete for the No. Three receiver spot on the roster.

The Giants’ best option in Sterling Shepard then fractured his thumb, and to make matters worse, Golden Tate was suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

While various negative factors have plagued the receiving corps, they have managed to excel during the preseason, racking up 646 total yards of offense. Despite their success, a majority of their production has occurred against backup/reserve players. We cannot assume they will continue to succeed against starting-quality players.

Should the New York Giants consider Laquon Treadwell in a potential trade?

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound wideout hasn’t lived up to his first-round expectation since his inception into the league in 2016. In nine games during his rookie campaign, Treadwell only recorded 15 yards and one reception. Since then, he’s totaled 512 total yards.

He has had trouble creating separation and hauling in passes at the professional level. He enjoyed a career-high, 66% completion percentage last season — 302 yards and one score. He has just one touchdown in three years.

Treadwell previously played under current Giants head coach Pat Shurmur while with Minnesota. Injuries have plagued his career up to this point and minimize his potential and production.

Why the Giants shouldn’t consider him as an option:

Laquon isn’t capable of being a starting-caliber player in the NFL, and we shouldn’t expect him to suddenly blossom into a quality option after three mediocre years. The Giants are better of sticking with preseason star TJ Jones in the passing game as their No. 4-5 receiver.

Jones has racked up an impressive 105 yards and two scores in just two games this preseason. He has developed solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and has displayed efficiency as a wideout and from the slot.

The former Detroit Lion was overshadowed by Kenny Golladay last season, despite earning a 73.1% catch-rate.

Jones can be a trustworthy option for Eli Manning, especially with injuries piling up and the loss of Tate for four games. It’s better to reward players already on the roster that have been fighting for a spot than to bring in a questionable player that will cost draft-capital.

The New York Giants need to give WR TJ Jones a fighting chance

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With the New York Giants losing Golden Tate for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation against the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, several other past catchers will earn the opportunity to fight for a roster spot.

Tate is an automatic starter, but behind him and Sterling Shepard, the competition is wide open. Receivers such as Cody Latimer, TJ Jones, Brittan Golden, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell are all fighting for a starting spot.

At this point, Latimer seems to be in the lead for the number three spot on the wide receiver corps, but Jones is making a significant impact.

Better receivers have kept Jones in the shadows over the last few seasons. The emergence of Kenny Golladay with the Detroit Lions pushed Jones down the depth chart, but he has plenty of talent and effectiveness to offer another team. The Giants will need his services this year after injuries to Corey Coleman and a suspension to Golden Tate.

What are the New York Giants getting in TJ Jones?

Last season, TJ played in 15 games hauling in 19 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He had a catch rate of 73.1%, which attests to his trustworthy hands. For the Giants this preseason, he has looked sharp. In the first preseason game against the New York Jets, he led the Giants in both receptions (6) and yards (72) and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta on the back shoulder.

His decisiveness and dynamic play style make him a threat as a wide-out and in the slot. The Giants can move him all around the offense and utilize him in different ways to keep the defense honest.

Jones seems to have a chip on his shoulder and sees the opportunity with this struggling wide receiver group. He has left his mark thus far and will earn another chance against the Chicago Bears on Friday night to prove that he can be an impact player during the regular season.

“We signed him because we liked him,” Shurmur said. “We felt like he was a guy that could come in, compete, and make our team, regardless of who we had on the roster. It was more of replacing Corey at that time. When you have a player that’s going to miss a month, then it kind of elevates the guys behind him. One of those guys may be a guy that’s here for a month until Golden gets back.”

New York Giants: The No. 3 wide receiver position has been filled

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

Before New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman went down with a torn ACL, the No. 3 pass-catching spot was up for the taking.

A position battle between Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer was expected to be one of the highlights of training camp and preseason. However, that reality came crashing down which has given Latimer an open doorway to claim the final starting receiving spot.

Latimer has done nothing but impress recently, as his chemistry with Eli Manning has proven to be extraordinarily beneficial and trustworthy in the passing game.

The Giants might have to rely on their No. 3 wide receiver early on in the 2019 season. A fractured thumb to Sterling Shepard and a potential four-game ban for Golden Tate might force Cody into the No .1 spot.

While it’s expected that Sterling Shepard will return to full health and participate in week one against the Dallas Cowboys, they will likely utilize him in a lesser fashion to avoid re-injuring the fractured thumb.

“Cody is probably one of our most veteran receivers. I think he shows that out there,” head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Sunday. “He knows how to practice. He knows how to compete. He has a unique ability to make a play down the field. I think he does a good job. . . there are times when he can get behind the (corner) and he’s open. But then there are other times when he’s in a contested situation where he can make a play on the ball. That’s hugely valuable when you’re a wideout.”

Latimer is one of the Giants’ most lethal deep threats. His elite speed and playmaking ability give him an advantage over lesser corners, which he will face being the third option behind Shepard and Tate.

Manning isn’t the type of quarterback to take risks downfield frequently, but when he does, Latimer seems to be on the receiving end. In addition, Eli and Cody have been working in the endzone to improve their red-zone efficiency and touchdown percentage. We could see Manning utilize Latimer as a fade option in the corner of the endzone. Similar to what we have seen in the past with Plaxico Burress and most recently, Evan Engram.

The chemistry they continue to build will prove to be extremely significant. The cycling injuries in regards to the wide receiver corps has posed significant challenges, but a healthy Cody Latimer can alleviate some of those stresses.

New York Giants should seriously consider signing Michael Crabtree

New York Giants should look into Michael Crabtree.

The New York Giants are swirling down a black hole at the wide receiver position. First, Sterling Shepard fractured the tip of his thumb, then Corey Coleman tore his ACL, Brittan Golden injured his groin, and now Golden Tate could be suspended for the first four games of the season.

While all these negatives surely cast a dark cloud over the unit, Shepard is expected to be healthy for week one, and Tate has a strong case to reverse the suspension (read more here).

However, the Giants still need to look into bringing in more talent at the position, as filling it with undrafted free agents or unproven pass-catchers will not help Eli Manning and the offense succeed. This is why looking into Michael Crabtree could be a stellar idea.

What would Micheal Crabtree bring to the New York Giants?

As one of the league’s top red-zone targets (28 TDs over the last four seasons), Crabtree could bring another element to the team. He’s a fierce player that doesn’t back down from a challenge and has the veteran leadership to help build a cohesive unit that’s falling apart at the seams.

One of the best traits Crabtree has is his health. He has missed just 18 of 141 games in his career, and that is something the Giants have struggled with in recent seasons. He has the ability to handle a No. 1 receiver workload in the case Shepard or Tate find themselves on the sidelines knock on wood. He has recorded over 50 receptions in his last five seasons and is just two years removed from a 1,000-yard campaign.

 

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While he might cost $3-4 million on a one-year deal, the Giants need to sure up the WR unit or they could find themselves in big trouble come the regular season. Saquon Barkley can only handle so much of the load, and compromising his health is something head coach Pat Shurmur needs to be cautious of.

 

New York Giants: Golden Tate reveals why he could be suspended

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The frequent reason NFL players are suspended boils down to pain management. Most smoke marijuana which is a substance banned by the league. However, that doesn’t stop players from participating. In the case of New York Giants receiver Golden Tate, his story is a bit different.

Adam Schefter reported that Tate could miss four games due to violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. Most use PEDs to improve their game, but this was not the case.

Here is Tate’s statement after the publicizing of the case:

Tate is just trying to have a child with his wife…and it so happens that one of the ingredients used in the supplements is banned by the NFL. While this is a very innocent explanation for why he failed the drug test, he made the Giants front office aware of the situation and they elected to sign him anyway, which is why Schefter also reported that he has a strong case to overturn the suspension.

The New York Giants are hurting:

After Sterling Shepard fractured the top of his thumb, Corey Coleman tore his ACL, Brittan Golden injured his groin, and now Tate is facing a suspension. Worst case scenario, the Giants play week one against Dallas with Cody Latimer as their No. 1 option at wideout.

It’s expected that Sterling Shepard will return to full health prior to the start of the regular season, though.

Moving forward, I expect the Giants to bring in a few new faces to compete at the position. While I doubt we see any familiar faces or veteran players, there is some talent to be extracted from the free-agent market.