Reports are trickling in regarding the New York Giants’ practice squad. The most recent to surface is that Travis Rudolph will be rejoining the Giants as a member of their 10-man practice squad.
Yes, #NYG have signed WR Travis Rudolph to their practice squad, per source.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) September 3, 2017
This news is sure to make Giants’ fans breathe a sigh of relief.
Rudolph is an easy player to root for because of his story, but it was his play on the field that made him a fan favorite. His splash plays bailing out Geno Smith and Josh Johnson — high-pointing terrible throws and turning them into big gains — got him accolades. As a receiver he caught nine passes for 157 yards, playing in all four games and stepping up to play with the starters when called upon due to injury.
Rudolph also showed commendable effort as a blocker for his teammates, consistently giving the maximum effort. He also showed some upside as a returner, picking up 66 yards on three kick-off returns.
Personally, I’m glad to see Rudolph remain in Giants’ blue. His plays were exciting, but I was most impressed by his unthinking willingness to do the dirty work that receivers sometimes balk at but can make good plays into great ones.
Ultimately the Giants opted to go with more experienced and known quantities in Tavarres King and Roger Lewis Jr. at receiver. That being said, Rudolph very well could push hard for a roster spot in 2018.