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90-Man Roster Preview: CB Nigel Tribune

Ex-Oakland practice squad player seems like long shot

NCAA Football: Northern Iowa at Iowa State
NIgel Tribune forces a fumble.
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The 2017 NFL season has not yet begun, but it has already been an excellent adventure for New York Giants cornerback Nigel Tribune. The Giants signed Tribune to a reserve/futures contract, cut him after rookie mini-camp, then brought him back a few weeks later.

Can Tribune make his return engagement with the Giants a lasting one? Let’s take a closer look as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the team’s 90-man roster.

2016 Season In Review

After spending the 2015 season on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad, the undrafted free agent from Iowa State was on Oakland’s injured reserve list last season.

2017 Season Outlook

Tribune, 5-foot-10, 179 pounds, joins a group of young corners including Michael Hunter, Donte Deayon and Mykkele Thompson who are trying to earn spots on the 53-man roster.

At his size, Tribune is pretty much a slot corner only. Scouting reports on him are tough to find. Here is some info:

As are most of the late-round options for any respected draft, Tribune is somewhat inconsistent, but he has a lot going for him as well. Tribune loves contact and is willing to help in run support. He has good ball skills and instincts when the ball is in the air, and covers especially well on in-breaking routes. Often his downfall is his guessing on routes instead of covering them with technique.

Tribune fits the mold of a nice nickel corner in the league. He likes to mix it up physically and appears to sift through the trash fairly well. But he simply doesn’t do quite as well covering outside the numbers. His press technique will need some work, as he was in more of an off-man, bail role in college, but Tribune has a lot of skills to work with.

Tribune probably enters training camp behind the three young corners previously mentioned. That, however, doesn’t mean it will be impossible for him to move up.