Corey Washington was not the only unknown wide receiver to impress during the New York Giants' 2014 training camp. Marcus Harris was equally as enticing, until an injury wiped away Harris' chance. Let's look at Harris as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in a few weeks.
2014 Season in Review
Harris has kicked around the NFL on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Giants since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011, and made stops in both the United Football League and Arena Football League. He finally appeared on the verge of making the Giants' 53-man roster last summer. as he was second on the team behind Corey Washington with nine catches in preseason and also looked to be carving out a role on special teams. Unfortunately for Harris, a torn labrum in his hip required surgery and forced him to spend the season on injured reserve.
2015 Season Outlook
As impressive as he was during the 2014 preseason, assuming everyone is healthy Harris going to have to be at least that good -- if not better -- to make the team in 2015. With Harris sidelined, Preston Parker took full advantage, catching 36 passes and at times handling both punt and kickoff return duties. Parker has appeared to have a solid spring. Undrafted Corey Washington played little, but got a a year of experience with an NFL team. The Giants also signed wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris to an expensive free-agent contract and drafted wide receiver Geremy Davis.
The Giants also have three other receivers with NFL experience in camp -- Julian Talley, Chris Harper and Juron Criner. The NFL is a ruthless business, and Harris is now a 26-year-old player who has been hanging around the fringes of the league since 2011 and never been on an active roster. He is going to have to do something special in the preseason to change that.
[NOTE: Yes, if you are paying attention I did jump out of alphabetical order and skip Dwayne Harris. I will circle back to the Giants' new special teams specialist, but I have something longer and more in-depth on Harris in the works. I think it will be worth the wait.]