At 6’4” tall, Corey Washington stands as a giant among the Giants receivers, offering a nice target, reliable hands and a sound understanding of where he’s supposed to be and when he’s supposed to be there.
As a result, he’s the team leader this preseason in receiving yards (116) as well as the only receiver, tight end or running back to have multiple touchdowns—he has three, all game-winners.
A big reason for Washington’s increased reps has been the injuries to first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and Trindon Holliday, both of whom have dealt with hamstring issues during camp. Veteran Mario Manningham, who is trying to regain his old form after struggling through a knee injury, has fallen short of his goal.
Washington is certainly no dummy. After failing to latch on with the Arizona Cardinals, he understands that you might get only only chance with a team to make a positive impression.
“I planned on coming out here and playing special teams and New York didn’t have that big wide receiver on the depth chart,” he told reporters. “My main focus is making the 53-man roster and helping Victor Cruz and the other guys have a great receiver corps.”
The amazing thing with Washington, who has gone up against the first-team defense at times and who this week has taken snaps with the starting offense, is that he’s managed to remain humble throughout the process thanks to advice he received from Cruz.
“He just told me to take it day by day, one day at a time. Don’t worry about what’s going on in the outside world; just focus on me. Work every day, come out and understand the playbook. Just work hard,” he said.
Working hard describes Washington in a nutshell and this ethic is why he’s more than likely to survive this upcoming first round of roster cuts.