Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants are re-signing Cody Core in advance of Wednesday’s start to free agency.
The #Giants are re-signing WR/special teams ace Cody Core, source said. New head coach, but special teams coach remains and he's great on coverage units.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2020
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Giants are paying attention to special teams, not with a former special teams coordinator as their new head coach. The Giants are showing a strong commitment to Core, giving a relatively rich two-year deal, as reported by Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
Cody Core's deal is for 2 years and can be worth up to $4.7M, per source. Shows his value as a special teams player and backup WR.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 17, 2020
Giants like his speed. Core posted 5 of the Top 10 speeds of any Giants players in '19, including fastest time at 21.93 mph per @NextGenStats
As Pelissero notes, while Joe Judge might be new, Thomas McGaughey and Tom Quinn remain to coach the Giants’ special teams. It also helps that Core was excellent after being claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals.
While Core does offer good size and speed for a reserve receiver, his real value is as a special teams ace. He proved to be one of the Giants’ best special teams players and was excellent covering kicks. Several times he helped the Giants’ defense by downing punts near the goal in spectacular plays.
The Giants’ special teams were a bright spot in 2019, and a two-year deal for Core shows that they want to maintain that strength heading into 2020.
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