Back-to-back late touchdowns that proved to be game-winners in the Giants’ first two preseason victories turned a lot of people’s attention to the 6-4, 214-pound undrafted receiver out of Newberry College. “Corey is a big man that can run and go get the football,” offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said this week. “That’s a good place to start. He is a young guy who has a lot to learn but he has done some special things over the last week. It will be exciting to see him grow.”
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RB Andre Williams
The 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College has made quite a one-two punch with Rashad Jennings and is looking like he could be more than a fourth-round draft pick. Williams is averaging nearly six yards per rush with a long of 21 yards and a three-yard touchdown run in the Hall of Fame Game. “I think he’s running hard,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “He’s picked up the offense quickly for a rookie and understands all his routes and blocking assignments and run techniques.”
WR Marcus Harris
The man catches everything. Harris, who spent time on the Giants’ practice squad last season, has taken advantage of some injuries at his position and showed he can practice with the first team. “He takes his job very seriously and learning the offense but his flexibility that he gives us is pretty impressive,” wide receivers coach Sean Ryan said. “We can move him to any position within the offense in terms of receiver, inside or outside. He’ll execute, he doesn’t make any excuses at all. The details in his routes and his precision have been good. And his ball skills, too. That guy, he doesn’t have many drops.”
Due to middle linebacker Jon Beason (foot) currently being on the physically unable to perform list, a door opened for Kennard to see the field in training camp. And he ran right through it. During a busy summer with plenty of storylines, the fifth-round draft choice and USC product has stood out with big hits and quality play. “I think Kennard is very smart,” linebacker Jameel McClain said. “I think he is very smart and physical. I am excited about him. I have seen a lot of good rookies, and he is definitely one of the most impressive young guys that I have seen maturity-wise and professionalism. I gave him a lot of compliments in that one sentence. I usually don’t do that much.”
S Nat Berhe
Nicknamed “The Missile,” Berhe, a rookie fifth-round draft choice, drew praise from safeties coach David Merritt following the first preseason game. That’s because Berhe was able to translate the flashes he showed in training camp to live action, potentially being able to carve out a role for himself on defense down the road.
LB Jacquian Williams
Still looking to become a consistent starter, a healthy Williams has shown much progress in his fourth training camp with the Giants, notably his confidence in assignments. “I think Jacquian Williams has made great strides since his rookie year,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “And he’s performed like he’s a three-down player thus far in this camp.”
K Brandon McManus
With every kick, the Temple product makes the competition with Josh Brown that much tighter. McManus has shown his long range in training camp practices and is perfect through two preseason games.
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PR Preston Parker
Because kickers have been able to boot touchback after touchback in summer weather, we haven’t seen many kick returns this preseason. Punt return is a different story, though. Preston Parker, who previously spent time with the Buccaneers and Saints, is leading his current team by averaging 11.3 yards per punt return while Trindon Holliday has been injured.
CB Zack Bowman
Veterans have to prove their value every year, too. And the best way to do that is always on special teams, which Bowman did for six years in Chicago before signing with the Giants this offseason. “He does have the experience, number one,” special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said. “It’s something that you can’t replace. And he has speed so you combine those two, and he has good size for a corner so he can go ahead and challenge the two guys that are trying to blow him (up). That’s one of the toughest things to do on special teams – to defeat two guys and get yourself down the field and make the tackle. He’s done it before in this league at a high level and we’re excited to see him continue to progress.”