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WR Myles White making strong case for roster spot

Posted Aug 2, 2016

WR Myles White has made an early impact at Training Camp: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J – Myles White is looking to see his name on the final roster, not in the many stories that will be written about the Giants’ wide receivers in training camp.

That’s good for him, because even with 12 receivers vying for perhaps five jobs, earning a job might be easier than standing out in this crowd. Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard are going to command their share of attention. Dwayne Harris was an important contributor last year, and Geremy Davis is a former draft choice with promise. The Giants even have a receiver from France, Anthony Dable, who has fielded numerous media requests.

White is content to stay under the radar, as long as he’s noticed by the coaches.

“That’s been my mindset in camp,” White said. “I think it’s the best way to approach it. I’m not trying to compete for attention, I just want to make the right plays and help the team.”

So far, he’s succeeded. On Sunday, White got a step on cornerback Janoris Jenkins and hauled in a long pass from Eli Manning.

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“I think Myles is having a nice camp,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “I think Myles is poised to make a run.”

White is accustomed to being overlooked. Undrafted out of Louisiana Tech, he entered the NFL in 2013 as a free agent with Green Bay – whose quarterbacks coach was McAdoo. That year, White had nine receptions in seven games. He spent the entire 2014 season on the Packers’ practice squad. Last year, White was cut at the end of training camp, signed by the Giants to their practice squad on Sept. 10, and elevated to the active roster on Oct. 7. He played in 12 games and caught seven passes, including his first career touchdown, a 25-yarder from Ryan Nassib in Minnesota.

“I think it’s big,” White said of his 2015 production. “It showed the confidence that the coaches had in me, as well as the confidence I had in myself. That always makes for growth and positive progress, so I thought that was a big thing and I was happy about it. But there’s always the next step.”

White showed he might be ready to take it when he got behind Jenkins, who was one of the Giants’ key offseason acquisitions.

“I just want to turn their opinion to the other side of the spectrum,” White said. “That’s all I’m out here to do. Make plays, have fun with it and just keep playing.”

And he will continue to play with the chip on his shoulder that developed when he was overlooked in the 2013 NFL Draft.

“It’s never good to get overlooked,” White said. “You go from getting picked first on the playground to not getting picked, so it messes with your head. But it makes you work harder.  I am definitely built for it. I have the mental toughness to go through that, and I’m glad I did. It really helped me develop, not just as a football player but as a man as well.”

• Beckham worked with the team’s athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman, but did not participate in practice. Jenkins stepped on his lower left leg in practice on Sunday.

“We worked him back pretty much on the side today,” McAdoo said. “He was a little tender, had some swelling, so we were smart with him today.”

• Defensive tackle Damon Harrison passed his physical and practiced for the first time today, but it’s unknown when the two players remaining on the active/PUP list (Jay Bromley and J.T. Thomas) will be ready to participate.

“They both have a little ways to go,” McAdoo said.

• Harrison was sidelined with swelling in his left knee, an issue the Giants will monitor going forward.

“He's like a lot of vets, like a lot of big men,” McAdoo said. “Big men on their feet, you have to be smart about what you ask them to do.”

Harrison said he’s had “a few surgeries” on his knee, most recently in 2010. But he said he can prevent the swelling from becoming chronic.

>> READ: HARRISON RETURNS TO PRACTICE

“Listen to my body,” he said. “From talking to veterans everywhere across the league, just listen to your body, it won’t lie to you. If you need to pull it back, pull it back. As eager as you want to be to get back out there, which I was, I probably would’ve paid more for it after practice had I gone out there. I even tried to run extra after practice with the guys and the trainers saw me and they said no, so I just want to come into tomorrow feeling the same way I did today.”

• Running backs coach Craig Johnson wants the Giants running game to replicate the production of the final quarter of last season when Rashad Jennings became the workhorse, rather than the inefficiency that resulted in a four-man committee for the first 12 games.

“We're going to see if we can find the rhythm with a pair and maybe a third guy,” Johnson said.

“Obviously, if it was like we finished the year, like Rashad finished, that would take care of a lot of problems. At the end of the year, he was probably playing as well as any back in football.

“I don't think anybody wants to play too many backs, because every back will tell you, I mean I've never met a back that has said, ‘I don't need more carries so I can get in the rhythm.’ Every time I've ever seen a back, they've all said that and I agree. But when you have some players who are going to be playing some, we're going to also try to do what's best for this team. What I really try to get out of those guys, like Rashad, who going into the last quarter of the season he had twice as many carries as any other back that was on our team. But the bottom line is that he just got kind of hot, like game 13, and as I've told the guys, if you get that hot, I'm going to ride you. He got hot and I rode him and he kept playing and he was consistent and available for the next game and the next and he was playing that well, so I thought that was a great rotation and certainly easier for me.”

• Jasper Brinkley, Kennan Robinson and rookie B.J. Goodson have all received snaps at middle linebacker early in camp.

“It is an open competition,” linebackers coach Bill McGovern said. “Everybody is competing. Obviously, we have three guys primarily that we are looking at, but all those guys will have opportunities to play going forward. Again, this is really the first time where we have shoulder pads on. We will start to find out once we get in and watch the tape a little bit. We will start to learn more about the guys.”