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Giants’ 90-man roster: Wide receiver Alonzo Russell gets another shot

Russell’s story is a familiar one — physical gifts, untapped potential

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Alonzo Russell makes a catch during a 2018 preseason game.
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When we looked at Alonzo Russell a year ago, we said that he seemed to be a physically-gifted wide receiver whose play had not caught up to his athletic ability. After a full year on the New York Giants practice squad we really don’t know much more about Russell.

The 26-year-old is back for another opportunity with the Giants, and he is next on our list of players to profile. So, let’s do that as we continue our look at the team’s 90-man roster.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 206
Age: 26
Position: Wide receiver
Experience: 3

How he got here

After a collegiate career at Toledo, Russell spent 2016 on the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals and 2017 doing the same with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent last season on the Giants’ practice squad and was active for one game at the end of the season.

2019 outlook

Honestly, it is hard to see where Russell fits in a deep group of Giants’ receivers. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman and Darius Slayton seem like roster locks. Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard are solid veterans who were part of last year’s team. Brittan Golden is an experienced NFL player. Undrafted free agents Alex Wesley and Reggie White Jr. are intriguing.

Still, the fact that the Giants kept him all of last year and then brought him back for a second season tells you they see something in Russell. At the very least, it’s that untapped physical ability that has earned him other chances.

Still, it’s hard to see Russell finding a spot with this group.