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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