With new head coach Joe Judge having spent most of his career coaching special teams, it is no surprise that the New York Giants did not let Cody Core get away in free agency this offseason. Core is one of the best special teamers, specifically one of the best punt gunners, in the NFL.
Let’s take a closer look at his likely role with the 2020 Giants.
Contract: Year 1 of two-year, $4 million contract.
How he got here
When the Giants cut preseason hero Alonzo Russell and claimed Core off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals many fans wondered what the Giants were doing. Core spent the season showing why the Giants jumped when the Bengals parted ways with Core.
Known as an excellent gunner, Core finished the season with a career-best 8 tackles. Judge, obviously, knew what he was looking at when he saw Core on film and the Giants brought him back into the fold on a two-year, $4 million contract.
As I think about Core in 2020, my question isn’t about his role on special teams. I know what he can do there — he’s one of the best in the game covering punts. My question is whether the Judge-Jason Garrett offensive regime will give him a real chance at wide receiver.
Core caught 27, 4, and 28 passes in three seasons in Cincinnati. He caught just three passes and played only a career-low 64 offensive snaps under Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula a season ago. Clearly, the Shurmur-Shula regime did not see him as a real wide receiver option.
Still, he has height, was timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine in 2016, and has 10 ⅜-inch hands that put him in the 95th percentile. There are traits there that make you think Core can at least be a useful fourth or fifth wide receiver who should catch more than three balls in a season.