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Charles James is moving on up.
The undrafted rookie cornerback walked into work today only to find his gear missing from the corner of the football-shaped locker room at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, where the eight members of the practice squad are traditionally situated.
Fearing he was possibly part of a prank – or worse – he later found his belongings in a stall further down the curved row of lockers, in between defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Johnathan Hankins and a couple down from Cruz.
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“I just walked in, I was looking for my stuff and I was like, ‘Where is it at?’” James said Thursday. “I thought it was in the training room somewhere, but then I saw it was down here. Everybody was like, ‘Congratulations, you got your locker moved.’
“It’s my first day right here. I’ve got Hank and Mike P and Cruz, so it’s all good.”
The relocation didn’t reflect the actual timing of the promotion, which came on Oct. 5 when he was signed off the practice squad. James made his NFL debut a day later against the Philadelphia Eagles and recorded his first tackle the next Thursday night in Chicago.
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Now he and the Giants prepare for a primetime matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.
“Of course, that’s a step up,” the Charleston Southern product said. “Like my whole life, it’s always at the bottom and you’ve just got to work your way up. I wouldn’t have it any [other] way than to just work for it.”