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90-Man Roster: WR Kevin Norwood Faces Uphill Battle

Several younger players appear ahead of him on WR depth chart

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Kevin Norwood catching a pass for the Seattle Seahwks during the 2014 season.

When the conversation turns to the competition for backup wide receiver positions with the New York Giants, names like Roger Lewis Jr., Tavarres King, Darius Powe and Travis Rudolph pop quickly to mind as possibilities.

Despite having more NFL receptions than any of those players, Kevin Norwood is barely ever mentioned in that discussion. Let’s rectify that today by discussing Norwood, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound 27-year-old originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.

2016 Season In Review

Norwood bounced around the league in 2016. The Carolina Panthers placed him on IR with a hip injury at the end of the preseason, but then released him and he landed on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad. He spent less than a month there before being released. The Giants signed him to their practice squad in early November, then to a reserve/futures deal once the season ended.

2017 Season Outlook

Can Norwood, who might be fighting for his NFL career this August, make enough of an impression to bolt up the depth chart?

Norwood has nine NFL receptions, all of which came with the Seahawks in 2014. He played one game with the Carolina Panthers in 2015, but didn’t catch a pass. Lewis caught seven passes last season. King has four regular-season receptions in nine games. Powe and Rudolph have never played in NFL games.

Norwood certainly had his moments during practices reporters saw in the spring, but unless injuries strike at wide receiver the view here is that Norwood is going to have a difficult time earning a roster spot.