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Greg Cosell: Giants’ Ryquell Armstead “a classic, sustaining grinder”

Cosell also shares thoughts on Kelvin Benjamin

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The New York Giants’ decision to claim running back Ryquell Armstead off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars could pay dividends, according to NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell.

“I think that Armstead, if healthy, and obviously his body get wracked a bit [he missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19] so we don’t know, but if he’s back to what he was at Temple I think he’s your classic, sustaining grinder,” Cosell said Thursday on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast. “I think he’s a really nice complement as a runner to someone like [Saquon] Barkley.”

Armstead was a fifth-round pick by the Jaquars in 2019 and was ticketed for a big role on offense last season until he contracted COVID-19. He ended up on COVID/IR twice and never played.

As a senior at Temple, Armstead ran 210 times for 1,098 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and scored 13 touchdowns.

“I really liked Armstead coming out of Temple for what he is. backs like that are not drafted high because they’re not necessarily explosive and big-play weapons, and my guess is he’s not going to give you a ton in the pass game, but he’s a sustaining, inside, urgent, competitive grinder,” Cosell said.

“I think there’s still a place for those backs in the NFL.”

Cosell also shared his thoughts on Kelvin Benjamin, the veteran receiver whom the Giants signed to their 90-man roster following a rookie mini-camp tryout. Benjamin is, theoretically, converting from wide receiver to tight end.

‘If Kelvin Benjamin truly can make the conversion and he’s on the Giants’ roster Week 1 as a tight end he would be much more of a flexed player, a detached player,” Cosell said, using Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders as the prototype.

“If Kelvin Benjamin is truly going to make this transition he’ll be a detached, split, matchup player. He’s not going to be an inline tight end who you’re going to feature for your strong side run game.”