Corey Washington has already turned heads this preseason to the point where people are looking at him like another potential Victor Cruz-like impact, who originally broke onto the scene during the 2010 preseason and, eventually, catapulted his way into super-stardom in 2011.
Washington, just like Cruz, was an undrafted free agent looking for a chance to make the team and, unlike most of the others, has a height advantage at 6'4" and the kind of physicality missing since Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg and eventually got released. It's something the team was hoping Ramses Barden would develop into, but never did.
Washington, who has caught four touchdowns along with 152 yards this preseason — one in each of the team's four games — has not only caught the attention of everyone watching the team, but has caught the attention of his head coach in Tom Coughlin, who raved about his young receiver at practice this weekend.
"Anytime anybody plays in a superb fashion, it gets your attention," Coughlin said. "He has certainly been a big part of any type of fourth quarter success that we have had. You acknowledge the fact that the young man has made progress."
With Odell Beckham Jr. dealing with injuries and now Marcus Harris out for 3-4 weeks, Washington may have made himself uncuttable for the Giants now and could have worked himself into a bigger role for the team once the regular season rolls around
While the team will certainly use the speedy receivers like Beckham, Cruz, Rueben Randle and Mario Manningham in the west coast offense, Washington could end up being the red-zone target that Eli Manning throws the ball up and has Washington use his raw size and strength to go get the football; which is something Coughlin said that he's done well all summer long.
"Of course, he has one are area that he has done very well, and this is he will go up and get the ball," Coughlin said. "That is very noticeable."
Washington will have one more chance to impress Coughlin, his teammates, the coaches and the fans when the Giants play the New England Patriots on Thursday in their preseason finale; a game in which if Washington again plays well, may cement his status and spot on the team in 2014.
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