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Giants 2021 roster profile: WR Derrick Dillon

EX-LSU can run, but can he do anything else?

NFL: New York Giants-Blue & White Scrimmage
Derrick Dillon during 2020 training camp.
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4.29.

That 40-yard dash time at a 2020 Pro Day is why Derrick Dillon got signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants last season despite limited collegiate production at LSU. It’s probably the biggest reason Dillon still has an opportunity to have an NFL career.

As they say, you can’t teach speed. Can the Giants, though, teach Dillon what to do with his speed? Let’s take a closer look as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.

The basics

Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 185
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Position: WR
Contract: Year 2 of two-year, $1.485 million contract | 2021 cap hit: $660,000

Career to date

Dillon spent most of last season on the Giants’ practice squad and earned a chance to compete for a job in 2021 when he signed a reserve/futures contract. In 31 games at LSU, Dillon caught only 51 passes.

2021 outlook

Candidly, Dillon would appear to be the longest of long shots to stick with the Giants for the 2021 season. Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and John Ross are now Giants. Formerly undrafted players Austin Mack, Alex Bachman and David Sills V were probably all more impressive than Dillon, at least to outside observers, last season.

Then again, 4.29. The Giants need big plays, and you can’t teach speed.

Thing is, Dillon will be 26 in October. That is ancient for a developmental player in the NFL. He is running out of time to figure out how to do more than run fast in a straight line.