If you haven’t heard much about cornerback Charles James, be sure to keep an eye on this 5'9", 179-pound spark plug this summer, because he has a way of making people notice him—in a very good way, of course.
James, who shared his inspiring story with me last year, is the very definition of "resilience." He not only went undrafted but also survived a car accident that could have ended his career.
Last season, James was good enough to land on the Giants' practice squad, where he sat for four weeks before being added to the 53-man roster on October 5 after the Giants put cornerback Aaron Ross on injured reserve with a back ailment.
James went on to play in 12 games, mostly on special teams, where he finished with seven tackles (five solo).
In 2014 he'll be fighting for one of the last roster spots at cornerback, where his competition will include veteran Zack Bowman and sixth-round draft pick Bennett Jackson.
So far, James is off to a good start in his quest to secure a roster spot. In the two practices open to the media, he had a pick-six on this play in which he did a nice job of reading the quarterback and stepping in front of the receiver.
He also very nearly came up with another pick-six on an underthrown ball by Nassib; however, the ball short-hopped into James' arms and was ruled incomplete.
Still, he did a nice job of staying on the receiver's hip and turning with him just as the ball was released, putting himself in a good position to come up with an interception had the ball been higher.
James also offers value as a punt returner, where he’s in the mix as well. If he continues to make the plays on defense he’s really going to help himself this summer.