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Which receivers could be invited to work out for the Giants?

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The start of the New York Giants 2019 training camp has been a rough one for the Giants’ receiving corps.

Fifth-round rookie Darius Slayton missed the first day of full practice with a hamstring injury, Sterling Shepard broke his thumb, and Corey Coleman lost his season to a torn ACL.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the mood in the wide receivers room isn’t great at the moment.

Veteran receiver Golden Tate said that the Giants’ receivers are “deflated” and that “our room is kind of going through it.”

As it stands now, the top Giants’ receiving depth chart is:

Golden Tate
Cody Latimer
Benny Fowler
Russell Shepard
Darius Slayton*
Alonzo Russell
Reggie White Jr.
Da’Mari Scott

In speaking to the media Friday, Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman said that the team will be holding a workout for veteran wide receivers this Saturday.

Receivers with reported interest

Kelvin Benjamin - We pretty much have to start with the former Carolina Panther. Dave Gettleman drafted Benjamin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft after the former FSU Seminole used his massive frame to dominate the ACC. Benjamin had 1,000 yards in his rookie year but never managed to match that mark in subsequent seasons. Still, he is 28 years old and familiar to the coaching staff.

Flynn Nagel - The Giants were impressed with the receiver out of Northwestern when they had him in for their rookie mini-camp in May. Nagel was consistently productive for Northwestern, averaging less than 11 yards per reception once in four years (10.2 yards per catch his junior year). Primarily playing the slot position, he could help pick up the slack until Sterling Shepard returns.

Leonte Carroo - Carroo will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season, but the Giants might still express interest. Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Carroo was a big play machine for Rutgers. He averaged 19.5 yards per catch and had 29 touchdowns in three seasons in college. He won’t be able to help for the first quarter of the season, but his big play potential could help the offense with Corey Coleman recovering.

Justin Hunter - Hunter entered the NFL in 2013 as the 34th overall selection. At 6-foot-4 inches and running a 40 timed between 4.36 and 4.44 seconds, jumping 39.5 inches and leaping 11-feet, 4 inches Hunter was a bona fide athletic freak coming out of college, but he never managed to live up to that athletic potential. He has bounced around the league, playing for the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Pittsburgh Steelers, but if that athletic upside is still there, he could get a look from the receiver-needy Giants.

Bruce Ellington - Another member of the 2014 wide receiver class, Ellington was a two-sport athlete in college, playing on South Carolina’s basketball team as well as football team. He combines point guard quickness with solid speed to make him a threat with the ball in his hands. Ellington has yet to find consistent success in the NFL, but could help provide depth and answers at the slot and as a returner.

Other possibilities

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree is the oldest (erm... second oldest) player on this list, but he is also the one who has had the most success in the NFL. Part of a good 2009 receiver class, Crabtree has never been an elite receiver but has been consistently productive since he has been in the NFL. He will turn 32 years old during the season, but could give the Giants a reasonably reliable presence on the outside.

Sammie Coates - At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, with speed to burn, an explosive lower body, and good quickness for a bigger receiver, Coates has all the physical tools you could ask for. He hasn’t lived up to that athletic potential and had a tendency to fight the ball coming out of Auburn. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2015 draft, Coates was traded to the Cleveland Browns after two seasons and spent the 2018 season with the Houston Texans.

De’Anthony Thomas - Thomas is generally thought of as a running back, but he is more of an “offensive weapon”, with the ability to run routes, take hand-offs, and handle returns. Thomas was a constant big-play threat for the Oregon Ducks and his familiarity with Andy Reid at Kansas City could appeal to Pat Shurmur should the Giants choose to bring him in.

Carlos Henderson - Henderson should be familiar to Giants’ wide receivers’ coach Tyke Tolbert after being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2017 draft. He put up huge numbers his junior year, with 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns on 82 receptions. He has yet to play a down in the NFL after tearing a ligament in his hand his rookie season and dealing with an undisclosed personal matter in 2018. But his quickness, ability with the ball in his hands, and upside as a returner could get him an invite from the Giants.

Corey Washington Jr. - The former fan favorite is probably a long-shot to get a call, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying put put himself back on the Giants’ radar.

You know what? Give him a call Giants. What do you have to lose?

Chad Johnson - Also, the inimitable Ochocinco wants the Giants to know that he is available and open.

He probably also wants to know why Eli hasn’t thrown him the ball yet.

Which, if any, of these receivers will get the call — or a contract — remains to be seen, but stick with Big Blue View and we’ll let you know.

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