The New York Giants somewhat surprisingly did not select a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft. That leaves the Giants with several young, unknown players competing for backup receiver spots at the end of their 53-man roster.
Could Alex Bachman win one of those jobs?
Position: Wide receiver
Contract status: Year 1 of two-year, $1.393.5 million contract (ERFA 2022)
How he got here
An undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest, Bachman caught two passes for 24 yards while playing for the Los Angeles Rams during the 2019 preseason. He also averaged 8.0 yards on a pair of punt returns and had a 15-yard kickoff return.
Cut by the Rams at the end of the preseason, Bachman signed to the Giants’ practice squad Nov. 12. He signed a reserve/futures contract at the end of the season.
Bachman caught 37 passes for 541 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns for Wake Forest in 2018. He averaged 9.8 yards on five punt returns and 18.0 yards on three kickoff returns.
Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate should have spots on the roster if all are healthy. After that it is a free-for-all when it comes to the wide receiver position, and it is probably impossible to handicap the race.
The previous Giants’ coaching staff liked Bachman enough to keep him on the practice squad, where there is high turnover, for half the season.
A scouting report said this of Bachman:
“ ... impressive athlete with an aggressive, attacking style of WR play ... plays the game with extreme confidence and just the right amount of swagger… has the ability to return punts and kicks if called on.”
It is impossible to know who will emerge from the Giants’ large group of young, unproven receivers.