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New York Giants’ Corey Washington Drawing Praise from Teammates, Coaches

August 6th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Billy Javed

In the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., another rookie wide receiver is trying to steal some of the spotlight. Unlike the New York Giants first-round selection, Corey Washington wasn’t exactly a popular prospect coming out of Division II Newberry College and went undrafted, signing with the Arizona Cardinals on May 12th. Washington was a relative unknown to most outsiders until he was given an opportunity to showcase his ability in the Giants' preseason opener against the Bills in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

On the biggest stage of his career, Washington will most likely be remembered for a well-executed double move followed by an athletic leap over his defender as he adjusted, hauled in the pass that was specifically designed for him, and then broke free from his defender for 73-yard touchdown from Ryan Nassib. It was his only catch of the game, but wasn’t the first time quarterback Ryan Nassib or Tom Coughlin had seen Washington make such plays. In fact, Nassib later disclosed that the play was specifically designed for Washington, providing some insight to the value the Giants see in the young receiver.

“On that play it’s a pretty far downfield throw,” Nassib told Newsday. “We put Corey out there specifically because he can do stuff like that. He’s proven it in practice that he can make plays like that. It worked out great.”

Tom Coughlin also commented on Washington and hinted at another means by which Washington could make the team. Not only is Washington a threat running routes, catching passes, utilizing his leaping ability and size (6-foot-4, 214 pounds); the undrafted receiver has impressed on special teams as well.

“He’s done some things that are pretty spectacular that have gotten our attention,” Tom Coughlin said Monday of Washington’s practices in training camp. “It is something that you do sit up and notice when you see it because you are always thinking, can he take the ball off the top of the defender? Certainly Corey has shown that he can.”

On the subject of special teams Coughlin wasn’t shy to point out Washington’s success in that aspect of the game either.

“He has done some things that were pretty spectacular that got our attention,” Coughlin told the New York Daily News. “One, as a gunner, just flat-out running and splitting the double-team and then moving on down the field to make a play on a punt returner.”

Nassib and Coughlin aren’t the only ones talking up Washington. Corey Washington also thinks that Corey Washington can play.

"I can do that, be a deep threat," Washington said. "I can catch the ball, make some moves. You haven't seen that yet. I can move the chains, be a contributor to the team."

Washington has a chip on his shoulder and has embraced the role of the underdog. As the tallest receiver on the team, Washington continued to emit confidence as he alluded to his desire to be a difference maker for the Giants.

"I'm trying to replace [Hakeem] Nicks and make all the big plays," he added.

Washington has a long way to go before being in position to actualize such goals, but he seems to be taking advantage of Mario Manningham’s sluggish start and Odell Beckham's absence due to a lingering hamstring injury. Marcus Harris is also in the mix as he made the most of his opportunity as well this past Sunday. Washington however, due to his size and athleticism, may have the most upside out of those receivers fighting for the final slot and or gunner position on special teams.

Washington caught 44 passes for 839 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for Newberry. If the touchdown total and size are any indication, he could at the very least be the red zone threat Ramses Barden never was, or could potentially be what Plaxico Burress was. Albeit the production came against Division II opponents, for what it’s worth college football and NFL draft analyst Todd McShay was once “excited” to scout the Giants’ Corey Washington.

"Really excited to see the Washington's on Saturday, Tony Washington from App State and Corey Washington from Newberry at the wide receiver position. Those guys really stood out this week," said ESPN’s Todd McShay.

The Giants struck Gold in a similar scenario not too long ago when they discovered another undrafted wide receiver in a preseason game. That would be Victor Cruz, who is now widely considered one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. Cruz should be a great tutor and source of inspiration for an undrafted underdog like Washington. Eli should also be rooting for the rookie, as you can never really have enough playmakers, especially at 6-foot-4 with a 33 inch vertical.

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60 Responses to “New York Giants’ Corey Washington Drawing Praise from Teammates, Coaches”

  1.  kujo says:

    Don’t really know much of anything about this kid, other than what we saw on Sunday (http://www.giants.com/videos/videos/WR-Corey-Washington-wins-jump-ball-for-73-yd-TD/3298596d-4189-45ae-87a1-00082c4f38d8), which was obviously an excellent throw and catch. But anytime Coughlin uses the word “spectacular” in reference to anyone, it’s worthwhile to take notice.

    Washington and Kennard for 2014 G101 Training Camp HoF!

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Not sure it was an “excellent throw” as much as it was an excellent catch. Nassib really underthrew that pass when Washington had steps.

      •  James Stoll says:

        if you google his highlights from the Georgia Military Academy you will find one crazy exciting punt return.

        Washington could become the latest member of the Mount Rushmore of WR’s

        Jerry Rice, Victor Cruz, Corey Washington.

        Let the sculpting begin!

      •  kujo says:

        Looked like a good throw to me.

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        Agreed could have just as easily been intercepted by a good corner who had turned around.

  2.  Krow says:

    The kid stays in the picture.

    •  James Stoll says:

      with Randal’s inconsistent start to his career, MM’s surgically repaired knees and Jernigan’s lack of production over his first three years, you really have to like this kid’s chances at the moment. Add to that his size and Beckum’s potential 2014 residence in TC’s doghouse, and this kid may not only make the team, he may start!

      •  kujo says:

        It’s amazing how you are able to smear sh*t over everything, Stoll.

        •  James Stoll says:

          what?
          I’m saying the kid could start
          what’s wrong with that?

          •  kujo says:

            Your compliments are the very definition of damning with faint praise. “The kid could start” because everyone else sucks or is injured.

            •  James Stoll says:

              no the kid could start because even as a UDFA he has shown enough tpo make the team, coupled with the isssues presented by the other receivers, may overcome the veteran bias

              sheesh

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Randle was simply in a complex system that overwhelmed him — it happens. I don’t think fans realize to the extend in which Gilbride’s offense had “evolved.” And by evolved, I mean how every WR had 5+ different routes to run based on what they see and expected Eli to see. And when Nicks went down early on and struggled the rest of the way, Randle got thrust into a bad situation. This offense is much more suited to him.

        Jernigan has looked solid in practice and Manningham is healing and coming around (although he had a bad day of practice yesterday).

        Not everything is doom and gloom.

        •  James Stoll says:

          why do you guys interpret everything so negatively.
          everything you say Dan about Gilbride’s offense is true3, but Cruz, Nicks, Plax, Smith and Toomer all mastered it; Randal did not
          It doesn’t mean he won’t be better in MacAdoo’s, but all we have to go on right now is his first 2 years and one pre-season game this year
          We know MM has injured and repaired knees and he didn’t see the field until late second quarter/early third quarter. that tells us they are bringing him on slowly unsure about his condition.
          Jernigan – we know his story and he may now develop – he had one really nice catch the other night to go with his one drop – but he’s a slot behind Cruz, no?

          My point is the sky is looking pretty sunny right now for Washington

  3.  Krow says:

    Back to Jim’s assessment of our TEs … it echoes what I’ve been saying too. If all we want is an OK blocker who can grab some garbage receptions then we’ve probably got that guy somewhere in the herd. But what every team wants is a TE that threatens defenses. Someone you have to worry about. Someone you have to devote resources to stopping. That guy isn’t on the team.

    •  James Stoll says:

      and absent finding someone who everyone else has also missed, you can’t find him this season.
      that’s a 2015 add if JR decides the position is important enough to either spend for a FA or invest a 1-3 draft pick

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Unless u mean verbally threaten.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    turkish says:
    August 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM
    I’d kick the tires on M. Bush (Raiders/Bears). Think he is better than Hillis.

    Reply
    kujo says:
    August 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM
    Hillis – employed

    Bush- unemployed

    That’s a pretty big indicator of who is “better,” 2-3 weeks into training camp.

    Reply
    GOAT56 says:
    August 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM
    Both are done. Get a younger faster guy who’s in camp. Not one of the has beens sitting on the street.

    Reply
    kujo says:
    August 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM
    Only one is done, as the other is currently listed as the #2 RB on the New York Giants.

    Any hey, I’m all for getting better. But these other guys, while “younger [and] faster” aren’t markedly better and don’t offer the diversity of skills that Hillis brings, in my mind.

    Reply

    •  GOAT56 says:

      There’s a reason Hillis was on the street last year. He’s nearing 30. Hillis last year wasn’t great but he looked good enough to fill a role. This year the way he moved in the first game wasn’t good enough anymore to be a RB, even a big one.

      Even if it’s another vet I don’t think Hillis adds much to this roster besides pass blocking. His hands are very good but he can’t move so they do little good.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Besides who of any quality is available at the right price.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        No one available has a high price. Tim Hightower and Ronnie brown are two guys I would workout. But even better is waiting for a younger guy who gets cut because of numbers.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Does anyone remember 2011? Our TE prospects were way worse than this in Ballard and Pascoe. At least let’s play several preseason games before people panic. We played an extra game so we still have 4 more left. We have a new offense plays inexperienced guys but yet a judgement is already made? A week ago Nassib wasn’t good enough to be Eli’s backup not most are fin with the prospect. Have some patience and realize that players can get better.

    •  kujo says:

      First off, I don’t like your analogy, because the 2011 prospects were unproven, while the 2014 ones are, by and large, proven, in the sense that they’ve proven that they suck. I’m sorry, but I see what I see with Robinson, and your incessant optimism about that kid is approaching nervous-tic type qualities.

      But I’ll say this–Larry Donnell could absolutely be this year’s Jake Ballard, who was so effective because defenses simply refused to respect that he was actually a decent (not good…just decent) tight end. His bona fides were basically that he had very soft hands, but he wasn’t fast, and he wasn’t really all that physical. He was just good enough. So sure, Donnell could become that this year. It seems like he comes up with a circus catch in practice every day, and Eli appears to trust him the way he trusted Ballard.

      But when your ceiling is Jake Ballard…yeesh…

      •  Krow says:

        I think we’re all pretty much saying the same thing. Our expectations are low … therefore they may be fulfilled. But that still won’t make me forget Mark Bavaro.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I think right now the prognosis needs to be that whether he likes it or not, McAdoo cannot structure his offense assuming that he will get great flexibility and production from his tight ends.

        This team should have a MUCH better offensive line, a deep wide receiving corps, and at least two really fine running backs with another who is pretty good. They will also have an elite quarterback. So there’s plenty of firepower. It just looks like they need to focus upon running the ball and play action, the same emphasis that Coughlin has ALWAYS wanted, but with McAdoo’s offense being quicker, using more parts of the field, and less predictable than the prior regime. The tight ends will need to block adequately and occasionally catch a pass to keep the defense honest.

        Maybe next season McAdoo can be a mad scientist in regard to the tight ends. This year he just doesn’t have the horses. Fit the scheme to the players when you cannot fit the players to the scheme. Reese didn’t get him what he would have liked. Deal with it.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        How has Robinson proven anything. His first year his missed offseason because of graduation and was raw to begin with. Last season he barely played because of injury. Now we have played one preseason game. Maybe wrong with my assessment of Robinson but he hasn’t proven anything one way or the other yet. Neither has Donnell.

        Did you see the TEs that played for a very effective GB offense last year without Finley? Great TEs are nice to have but they are not needed to have an upper tier offense.

        •  kujo says:

          Robinson sucks, bro.

          •  BigBlueGiant says:

            ^^^THIS^^^

            Goat, time to give it up on this kid. IF he had hope he wouldn’t be buried on a the depth chart filled with the fecal matter of the TE’s we have.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              Jernigan sucked too according to the same people. Robinson has barely played, he might not ever be anything but it’s too early to say. Football isn’t just something players get right away. Especially if the guys isn’t the smartest. But it doesn’t mean he can’t get it.

              •  BigBlueGiant says:

                JJ still isn’t anything to write home about. I wouldn’t get too excited about him, broski.

            •  skinnydoogan says:

              Time for me to pile on, Robinson doesn’t only suck, he is not worthy to play on ANY NFL team.

              •  skinnydoogan says:

                Jernigan was a stud in college, at least base some of this on facts, Robinson did NOTHING in college.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Glad to hear that Washington is coming along, but it was ONE play. A little early to anoint him. The great thing is that his combination of size and athleticism does balance out the lack of size among the primary receivers higher on the depth chart, so he’s certainly got a good chance to make the roster if he keeps working hard. It sounds like he’s committed to that.

    I don’t think everyone here realizes just how good Odell Beckham is on a football field. Once he is past the point of danger for his hamstring the Giants need to get him out on the field to get his reps so he can get comfortable. This kid is going to help us this season. He is elusive, tough, smart and has a propensity to make big plays and sometimes make them look easy. Against the great defenses in the SEC, including Alabama’s, each of which set their secondary to stop him last year, he often looked like he was toying with people. NFL-quality cornerbacks could hold him down on occasion but even then he frequently made a play at crucial points in the game when LSU desperately needed one.

    Washington may be showing promise, but Beckham is the real deal.

    I’m worried about Manningham. I think he can be a real help this season, but his knee is clearly still holding him back. I think, given more time, he can fully recover and play at a high level, but the fact that he’s not there yet, and the play of Harris, could doom him when it comes time for final cuts. I would not be happy with that. Reese and Coughlin need to remember what he was able to do in 2011 and not throw that away because the guy needs another few months to get to 100%. Other than needing to rehab the knee the guy has just about NO wear-and-tear since he left the Giants. And he’s not old. At worst, put him on IR with the right to recall him (subject to an even more important player having to be pushed into that designation).

    •  Krow says:

      I’m just saying Washington makes the team … I’m not predicting greatness or anything.

    •  kujo says:

      Our young bucs at WR could spell doom for Mario for sure. Harris and Washington are clearly talented football players who are benefiting from the reps they’re receiving because of the absences of ODB and Mario. It’s going to be difficult to decide on these guys with roster cuts, because I doubt they’d last long on the waiver wire and/or practice squad.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      What excites me about Washington is I have been reading about plays he’s made in practice for weeks and then he brought it to the game. ODB is definitely the more ready WR to help this year but Washington give us a nice boost of size. talent and depth at WR.

      Manningham is troubling that’s why it was nice to see the young guys step up so that if Manningham just can’t get it back we aren’t in deep trouble liek I would have thought just a few weeks ago. I don’t think you can risk using Manningham on the short term IR because if he’s not ready by the end of preseason it’s no safe bet that’s he’s ever ready again.

  7.  Krow says:

    Adrien “The Yeti” Robinson … a huge talent at TE who is in his 3rd year and yet to catch a ball. The meaningless HOF game to kickoff this season he was in for one … yes, one … snap.

    If this kid was going to make waves he’d have done something by now. There’s no question that he’s down to his last bullet. And I have no confidence at all in him.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Having no confidence in him is one thing. Saying that it’s proven he’s no good is another. Many said similar things about Jernigan a year ago too.

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        But Jernigan showed a spark, a little bit of a flame — this guy poof Nada. 3 Yrs NADA. His candle will never be lit.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Dude. Give it up man. Robinson is hot garbage.

        there’s a huge difference between JJ and Robinson. JJ was buried on the depth Chart that had better WR’s that were clearly better than him. Robinson can’t find his way on the field in preseason when he needs to show himself more than anything that he could actually make this team.

        What’s proven? It’s proven that in a group of TE’s and having 3 years on this team, Robinson still can’t earn his spot. He’s on the borderline of being cut at this point, and I Personally think we have 3 TE’s that are better than him (fells, Donnell, and Kellen Davis.

        Also, about JJ… Still not sold on him. But warming up that he might be serviceable.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Robinson was a long-shot project when drafted
      he had little production at cinncinatti but apparently great athleticism
      Seems not to have translated
      plus, he looks a tad fat

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        U can not turn Bacon into Rib Roast — No matter what (Nothing personal here) as a TE he is a pig. The next JPP Nah JP Just a Pig

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    By the way, before anyone starts telling me it’s “too late” for Beckham to pick up the offense so he’s going to have a redshirt season, and that Randle is a risk because he’s “an idiot” who can’t understand the offense, try to remember this:

    Keven Gilbride’s offense (endorsed, or at least allowed by Coughlin) called for at least four reads (usually five) by every receiver starting at the line of scrimmage and not ending until the receiver reached the 5-yard mark off that line (that number was mentioned by both Eli and two of the receivers during the off-season). Think about that. Each receiver had to make four reads, three of them on the run. Eli had to go through progressions, read the defense at the LOS and then start scanning among the three or four receivers he believed could be open based upon the defensive set (with proper allowance for the possible masking of the real defense via the initial defensive set). So….four receivers, four reads each, with Eli having to make decisions on the fly. That means there were 256 possible route trees that had to be read by the QB in the course of 2-3 seconds (impossible so the QB would use shortcuts based upon experience and scouting and cut that to about 20-30 on a given play). It also means that each receiver had to make THE SAME READ ELI WAS MAKING or the play would be busted. That is just way too much to ask of a young receiver.

    McAdoo’s offense basically appears to be a read at the line of scrimmage and a decision at that point to limit the receiver to two options on each play. So for the same four receivers suddenly Eli has only 16 reads to make and each receiver should be able to make his quick read off the LOS and get to where Eli expects him to be. As a practical matter, Eli probably only needs to make about 8 reads in the 1 1/2-2 seconds he will have after the snap. That should normally be easy for him. And a young receiver should be able to almost always get where he’s supposed to be.

    My view is that we will see a HUGE improvement in Randle this season and that Beckham will be able to help within a game or two of seeing the field. This, along with the quickening of tempo and the increasing use of short drops that will protect Eli from the pressure he faced all of the past few years thanks to a leaky line, will be the primary advantage of having switched coordinators.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      we better see a huge improvement, or else next year FA will require a WR or another 1st round WR draft pick.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I don’t disagree, except it needn’t be a first-round pick. We would still have Cruz and Beckham, both of whom are top-notch receivers (yeah, I’m already saying I believe in Beckham before we’ve seen a thing from him in the NFL…he was THAT good in the SEC). We’d also have Robinson and possibly Harris. We’d need someone who could become the X-receiver if Robinson didn’t prove a diamond-in-the-rough (which he’s VERY far from at this point). But that could be someone drafted in the second round (or could be a free agent, but that would be the VERY expensive route).

        But I like Randle’s chances. The kid has skills and he should thrive in this offense.

    •  James Stoll says:

      I don’t think the issue is whether the offense is easier or Beckum has the smarts; that’s assumed. The risk for Beckum is that we are hearing Coughlin say all the things he says before he locks a player away in his doghouse — he’s disappointed , blah, blah blah

      the other thing we don’t know is the severity of the injury, but with each passing day it appears to be more serious than the word “tweak” implies

      now, given Mara’s seeming admonishment to the coaching staff at the close of last season regarding Jernigan, one would think the second Beckum can reliably get on the field he’s worked right into the top 3 rotation

      but TC’s history would suggest that’s not a lock
      and it is at least a concern that Beckum tweaked this hammie in June, then again 1 week into camp, and still he’s not practicing

      and, if Harris or Washington continue to perform, or Randal or MM or JJ do really well, TC’s tendency to make a rookie who has missed time take the slow road back, could assert itself

      too many variables right now to know
      but if the kid doesn’t get healthy soon, all academic

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I honestly don’t think Coughlin can afford that attitude any longer. He is no fool. He has to win this season, or else. If he doesn’t make the playoffs he’s a goner. And if he doesn’t make it because he held an obviously talented kid out then he disregarded the admonitions of his boss and owner. As much as John Mara loves TC, he’d be under too much pressure from the fans and would almost certainly either elevate McAdoo (I think the most likely option) or bring in a big name to succeed Coughlin, who would be gently kicked upstairs to some kind of honorary title and used as a consultant to Mara and Reese but kept away from the new coach.

        When Beckham is ready Coughlin HAS to play him. Failure to do so will put his job at risk so he’d be betting the farm on receivers who aren’t as good as the rookie riding the pine. Dumb bet. TC’s anything but dumb.

  9.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Goat, you can’t polish a turd. Robinson = Turd.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    BBG – wow what revision history. You don’t remember talking how JJ sucked in much the same way? You definitely weren’t alone. many wanted him cut the last 2 preseasons. Robinson was very raw coming out then missed OTAs because of the stupid quarter rule. he basically had little chance his rookie year. Then last year he was hurt. Now we change offenses. The kid obviously isn’t the sharpest so give him some extra time to get the mental part down and then see if he can play. Y’all are jumping the gun.

    •  James Stoll says:

      you may be right, but roster spots are precious and the kid can only get so many chances

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Goat you are absolutely right abt the gun. Shoot him and end our misery

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      nah, We’re not. And JJ’s situation is a bit different. He was buried in the depth chart behind good WR’s. Robinson is buried on the depth chart behind a bunch of guys who are either 2nd, 3rd stringers on other teams or in Donnell’s case showing more improvement each time out. WHICH, is what, we expected Robinson to do. He has not. C’mon, there’s a reason why he’s buried on this Depth Chart dude. He should really start worrying about his job on this roster.

      Time to show and prove and he is $hitting the bed.

      Also, regarding JJ, I’m still not sold on the kid. Like I said above, he might end up being serviceable, but i’m not putting my hope in him just yet.

      Robinson will not be a serviceable TE for the NYG anytime soon.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        He’s not buried on the depth chart. Watching the game he was 3rd. Just like Williams is really second at RB. Robinson has been inconsistent, it’s not that he hasn’t shown anything. He needs to do better. I’m just reminding y’all that there’s 4 preseason games left. Practice is nice but games are what really matters so there’s still plenty of time for him to improve.

        Last year at this time you have said the same exact things about JJ that you’re saying about Robinson. The time to show and prove just really started.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      GOAT, if you’re at a job for 3 years, and you don’t perform or constantly call out sick, what happens?

      ok, the first year, it’s your first year. You’re second year you get sick with a curable disease. Your 3rd year you have a new boss and have to adjust to the way he wants things done… and you’re STILL NOT DOING YOUR JOB… time to worry about your job bro.

      Just sayin’. It all applies.

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