Leading up to Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, several lingering holdouts were not yet convinced that wide receiver Corey Washington had earned himself a spot on the New York Giants' 53-man roster. However, even prior to his third consecutive game-winning touchdown catch, Washington had already done enough to put Big Blue in a very difficult position when it comes to wide receiver depth.
While the "difficult position" is a good problem to have, the reality is the Giants are faced with the following conundrum: place Washington on the 53-man roster or lose him by attempting to stash him on the practice squad.
After lighting up the preseason and performing equally as well in training camp — even when pitted against Big Blue first-team defense — there's next to no chance that another wide receiver-hungry team wouldn't immediately swoop in and snatch him off of the Giants' practice squad. So when the final cutdown day does arrive later this month, General Manager Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and other decision-makers will already know that their decision on Washington means he either gets a roster spot or the team loses him outright.
"Again, again, Corey Washington made a heck of a play," Coughlin remarked after Saturday's game, clearing showing his excitement for the young wideout.
So far this preseason, Washington has hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards and an NFL-leading three touchdowns. As noted previously, all three of those touchdowns were also game-winners. And while they did happen against third team defenses and guys who may not even make a roster, Washington came in as an undrafted rookie free agent previously released from another team himself. It's all about making the most of every opportunity and he's certainly done that.
At this point, it's hard to see a scenario that does not involve injury where Washington is left off the 53-man roster.
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