New York Giants Miss Out On Great Kick Return Man In Waivers

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams had waived their return man, Pharoh Cooper. Cooper was an all-Pro special teams player in 2017, but he was injured earlier this season. The 11-3 Rams waived Cooper in order to sign C.J. Anderson to add depth to their backfield. Multiple teams put waiver claims on Cooper, and the Giants were one of them.

Who Was Awarded Cooper?

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Cardinals had claimed Pharoh Cooper. The former all-Pro has gone from an 11-3 super bowl contender to a 3-11 first overall pick contender. Three other teams put in a claim for Cooper, including the Jaguars, Titans, and Giants. The Cardinals were awarded Cooper because they have the worst record.

What Does This Mean For The Giants?

The Giants putting in a claim for Cooper should not come as much of a surprise. General manager Dave Gettleman has been active on the waiver wire this season. The Giants also have room for improvement regarding their kick returners. Corey Coleman has been productive on kick return, but there still has not been much improvement on punt returns since the beginning of the season. Jawill Davis is currently averaging only 8.1 yards per return this season.

The Giants front office has certainly noticed this lack of production on special teams. Cooper could have been the solution for the Giants, but instead he will field kicks in the desert with the Cardinals.

New York Giants Underdog Receiver Vying For Roster Spot

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The New York Giants have a rather stacked wide receiver corps heading into the 2018 season. With Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, and Roger Lewis holding four roster spots, one undrafted rookie is vying for a reserve pass-catcher spot.

Former Bethune-Cookman receiver Jawill Davis has performed valiantly during rookie mini-camp and OTAs. He’s been coined as a savvy route runner, who has a knack for catching balls in traffic.

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According to his NFL Draft profile:

Davis is a savvy route runner who generates good explosion off the line, along with good hand usage to get into his route and get a clean release and avoid the jam. He has the ball skills to play outside his frame and make proper adjustments working down field. His hip swerve and head fakes, along with his natural hands, lets him make a quick move to elude the defender while cradling the ball properly to prevent the forced fumble.

Davis shows good athletic ability for his position, demonstrating the change of direction, balance and body control to not take any false steps getting into his routes. He has sudden quickness and impressive deep speed, building his acceleration nicely, as he shows the body torque to get in and out of his breaks cleanly. He is a quick, short strider with good playing speed for his size, but is better utilized in the short-to-intermediate areas, as he has very good balance running his routes and does a good job of adjusting to the ball in flight.

How can he fit in with the Giants?

Davis averaged 16.0 yards per reception with 106 total catches for 1,692 yards and 10 touchdowns in 46 games for his alma mater.

Davis’s most impressive skill is undoubtedly his route running abilities. In case of injury, Davis could be a solid receiver to fill in as a backup, but he’s certainly a project moving forward. He will need a minimum of two seasons to learn the ways of an NFL receiver and adjust to a professional level of talent.

He’s quietly making a name for himself, but he will need to show out in pre-season to earn a spot on the team.

 

Do The New York Giants Have The Next Victor Cruz On The Roster?

The New York Giants completed day-two of rookie mini-camp on Saturday, with several young players standing out from the crowd. One of those players was Bethune-Cookman wide receiver, Jawill Davis.

Davis’ stats:

Davis completed his college career with 106 receptions, 1692 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has shown elite route running abilities during camp to complement his elite speed (4.38 40-yard dash). He’s smooth off the line of scrimmage and seems to find himself with ample separation.

Just as Victor Cruz entered the NFL undrafted, Davis is also making a splash early on. Wearing No. 80 certainly sets the standard for the rookie going into camp, but a one-handed grab will ensure that the coaches keep a sharp eye on him.

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A lot of attention has been thrown Davis’s way (pun intended) during camp, as he caught several passes from backup quarterback, Thomas Sirk.

If the young receiver can continue his streak of success, he will certainly earn an extended stay with the Giants. Being that Odell Beckham Jr. (5-foot-11), Sterling Shepard (5-foot-10), and Roger Lewis (6-foot-0) are all on the shorter side when it comes to receivers — Davis being 6-foot-0 doesn’t give him a leg up on the others.

Davis will have to fight tooth and nail just to earn a roster spot, and more likely than not, he will have to become a strong special teams player to guarantee him a role on the team. This would allow him to continue developing as a receiver for when a spot finally opens up for the taking.