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Corey Washington: I Can Be a “Playmaker” for the New York Giants

August 10th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

After hauling in a 73-yard touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills, it was hard to ignore him. After hauling in an impressive game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it will now become impossible to ignore him. New York Giants wide receiver Corey Washington is officially on the map, officially opening some eyes and may be a secret superstar in the making.

Through it all, the 22-year-old out of Newberry has tried to remain humble. After all, he understands there's still a steep hill to climb before he turns this training camp and preseason success into something more. And in order for that opportunity to come along, he knows he has to show head coach Tom Coughlin & Co. just a little bit more.

"God is working. I’m staying humble. I’m taking in the playbook day by day and just making plays out there," Washington said. "I need to go on special teams, make some plays on special teams. If I do that, I’ve got a good chance of making the team."

Offensively, Washington offers the Giants something they haven't had since Plaxico Burress — something they anticipated having with Ramses Barden. A big, physical wide receiver who is able to out-leap his opponents and use his body for separation. It's something they have seen in each of the last two weeks and something Washington says they will continue to see throughout the preseason.

"The coach, he called a fly route and I saw that we had smaller corners on the outside so I ran it and the corner was holding me so I kind of boxed him out and made a play on the ball," Washington said. "I can be a playmaker. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I can do it. Just go out there and play ball."

As impressive as Washington's 73-yard touchdown against Buffalo was, his game-winning score on Saturday night was something more. It was, for lack of a better term, "professional" — it was a savvy, veteran play. Not only did Washington beat a hold and properly box the defender out, he made sure to watch the ball all the way into his hands while maintaining enough field awareness to get both of his feet in bounds — something he didn't have to do and wasn't taught to do in college.

The touchdown was a flashback of sorts. It was very Burress-esque and at some point in the near future, we may look back on it and think "that was the moment Washington won his spot on the 53-man roster."


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8 Responses to “Corey Washington: I Can Be a “Playmaker” for the New York Giants”

  1.  Dirt says:

    During the gameday thread, I almost posted this as Painter was warming up:

    “What the hell is the point of playing Painter? If you know you’re not cutting Nassib, and this whole exercise is about trying to get Nassib reps so you can carry only 2 QBs, and if the whole role of backup QB is to be somewhat serviceable in a pinch and you know Painter has proven he’s utter garbage, then what the hell is the point of playing Painter?”

    Then Painter came in and looked the part of an NFL quarterback; shows what I know. It’s not that Nassib stunk up the joint, but Painter clearly outplayed him.

    So again, if the entire exercise is about getting down to 2, at some point you’re going to have to figure out what to do with Nassib, because if this keeps up, you’ll be dumping a better player to keep a maybe.

  2.  Krow says:

    Anyone else concerned that the offense seemed way out of sync ? Timing was off .. no one looked like they were on the same page. I know it’s going to take time, but I expected them to be further along.

    •  Dirt says:

      I’m not concerned *yet*, only because Eli only attempted 2 passes. How Nassib is in sync doesn’t mean anything to me.

      If this comes up again in 2 weeks, then yes I’ll be concerned. Because they weren’t in sync last preseason either, and we all know how that turned out.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Nah. Essentially two weeks into learning an entirely new offense. People’s expectations were too high on how quickly it would come together. And this is without Beatty, ODB, etc. Plenty of time.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Well, another ugly performance by the O-Line. This unit is going to be a major work in progress. But for the sell out blitz a
    That was nicely exploited, the unit looked terrible against both the 1′s and the 2′s.
    The first unit, sans Eli, played deep into the 2d period and could sustain nothing
    Defensively, a meh performance. The Steeler first unit took advantage on the opening series but the defense at least held in the Red Zone. The DTs did not look as strong early. Still no significant pass rush from the 1′s although JPP looked a smidge better.
    I was surprised that PP kept getting punt and kick opportunities given his location on the depth chart. He may be looking at a roster spot.
    Right now it looks like MM is toast.
    Randal had one nice and two bad plays.
    WR depth Chart: Cruz, Beckum, Randal (by default), Jernigan (did he play?), Washington, Harris, Parker, MM
    I’m thinking MM and Jernigan on the bubble
    Moore was active against scrubs
    Bromley looked pretty good
    I’m ready to cede kicking duty to McManus

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