Curtis Painter and Corey Washington are fighting what might be uphill battles to make the New York Giants' 53-man roster. The two players hooked up Saturday night for a touchdown pass that won the Giants a football and, in the process, might have helped their chances of sticking around.
Painter connected with Washington on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:50 remaining to give the Giants a 20-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The play, a fade route into the left corner of the end zone, took advantage of Washington's 6-foot-4, 214-pound frame. He made a twisting catch over his back shoulder to secure the victory for the Giants. On the play, Washington was covered by 5-foot-10 cornerback Isaiah Green.
"I saw the height of the corner and I was like 'OK, the quarterback is gonna come to me. Get ready to make a play' " Washington said. "There was no doubt. I knew the ball was coming to me after I saw the height of the corner."
Painter went 7-for-7 for 68 yards on the game-winning drive, his first action and only passes of the night.
"He (Washington) made a heckuva catch. He did quite a bit of it," Painter said. "He's a big target. It's easy for quarterbacks to throw to guys like that. He does a great job of being physical and going up and getting balls that are thrown to him."
Painter said he had other options on the play but liked what he saw with Washington, who finished with three fourth-quarter catches for 23 yards.
"He's a big target and had a good match-up, so I took a good opportunity," Painter said.
Did Painter help his cause in terms of making the roster? He didn't want to speculate.
"We definitely did some things well," Painter said. "We were able to have a nice successful drive there."
Painter and Washington may or may not be Giants when the regular season begins, but both certainly helped themselves on Saturday night.