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Giants Now 8/14: Tyke Tolbert excited about Giants' depth at wide receiver


WR Coach Tyke Tolbert excited about Giants depth at WR

The Giants have a talented group of players at the wide receiver position.

Of course, the unit is led by the team's big three- Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. In his first season with the Giants, Tate played 11 games (10 starts) and caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns. Shepard started 10 games in 2019 and finished the year with 57 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns. Slayton was a late round pick of the Giants last year and surprised many around the league with his stellar rookie campaign. After missing the first two games of the year, the 2019 fifth-round pick went on to catch 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns, matching Tennessee's A.J. Brown for the NFL rookie lead in touchdown catches.

But the Giants' talent at wide receiver goes well beyond the top three guys on the depth chart, and one of the most interesting names to keep an eye on heading into the 2020 season is Corey Coleman.

Coleman was a first round pick of the Cleveland Browns back in 2016. He joined the Giants during the 2018 season, and the team had high hopes for the talented receiver heading into 2019. However, a torn ACL suffered during training camp derailed his season, and Coleman was unable to get onto the field.

Following a full year of rehab, Coleman is now healthy and ready to prove himself a key member of the team's wide receiver corps.

"I think Corey did a really good job this offseason and this summer, being with the trainers, getting rehabbed and getting ready to go," Wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert told the media. "There's only so much he can do with all of the COVID stuff, so he still had to do a lot of work on his own, which he did. I think Corey is pretty much back to where he was before he got injured. I'm just looking forward for Corey to go out there and compete like everybody else. He's making strides right now. He's going to go out there and practice hard and do what he has to do. With everyone competing, I'm looking forward for him to go out there and make some plays for us and see where the chips fall."

Coleman isn't the only young player looking to establish himself in the wide receivers room during training camp. The Giants signed three undrafted free agents following the draft, all of whom are looking to carve out a role on the team this season.

Two wide receivers out of Ohio State joined the Giants earlier this offseason. Binjimen Victor ended his senior campaign with 35 catches for 573 yards and six touchdowns, while Austin Mack had 27 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Rounding out the group is former LSU wide receiver Derrick Dillon, who caught 15 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in his redshirt senior season last year.

All undrafted free agents have their work cut out for them in training camp this year with no preseason games on the schedule, but Tolbert has liked what he has seen so far from these three young receivers.

"They're all working very hard," the wide receivers coach said. "Two guys came from the same college, so they push each other. Another one came from the Princeton of the south down there, LSU. They're all doing a really good job. They're all competing, they're all studying. I like to see good, young guys with a chip on their shoulder to go out there and compete. That's what they're doing right now. They're always working hard and trying to get better."

'Coach Chaos' teaching Giants D-line to finish

Coach Chaos was lathered in sweat before Wednesday's training camp session. It wasn't just because he was excited to be on the field with the entire team for the first time; the defensive line coach, known behind his mask as Sean Spencer, is like that every day.

"I just can't wait to coach these guys and then I wanted them to understand this is not something I'm just going to do on occasion," Spencer said. "This is how they are going to get coached. That's kind of all I was letting them know, that it wasn't going to be a day off. I want them to match my energy every day."

Spencer, a 20-year college coaching veteran, is in his first year as the Giants' defensive line coach. He spent the previous six seasons at Penn State, where he was also associate head coach and run game coordinator the last two years.

Some people wonder how his intensity level translates to an NFL environment.

"I can't change, man," he said. "I'm coming hard every day. Those guys know about my energy and they have gotten to experience it a little bit. I told them today that wasn't a one-time thing yesterday and that it's going to be like that every day. It's the way you bring it. You can bring positive energy and be excited without being berating to somebody. They can feel when you're upset and feel when you're happy. I have to coach like that. When I leave the practice field, I have to be completely sweaty or I didn't do a good job."

Coaches working with Daniel Jones on ball security

If he plays a full 16-game season, it is reasonable to assume some of the statistics Daniel Jones posted in his rookie season will rise, including 284 completions, 3,017 yards and 24 touchdown passes.

But Jones would like to see some of his numbers decline, notably his 18 fumbles, including 11 that were lost, and 23 total giveaways. The first two figures were the highest in the NFL and the latter tied for second.

Jerry Schuplinski, the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, is working with Jones on improving his ball security.

"The last thing we want is the ball on the ground," Schuplinski said.

That "we" includes head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

"Ball security is a huge thing that Coach Judge preaches, that Jason preaches, that we preach," Schuplinski said. "Just really understanding the importance of all that stuff, why that's important. Also understanding defenses, what that means. Is there certain tips or cues that we can pick up to helps play better, quicker, faster."

Giants claim WR C.J. Board off waivers

The Giants today welcomed their second wide receiver to the roster in three days when they were awarded C.J. Board off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Board, 6-1 and 181 pounds, played four games for the Jaguars in 2019, when he caught two passes for 31 yards.

He made his NFL debut at Cincinnati on Oct. 20. Two weeks later, Board picked up his first reception, a 23-yarder vs. Houston. He next played on Dec. 8, when he caught an eight-yard pass at Oakland. Board's final game was vs. Indianapolis on Dec. 19, when he was not targeted.

Board originally entered the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie from Chattanooga. He was released just prior to the season and did practice squad stints with Tennessee and Cleveland and Jacksonville the following year before the Jaguars signed him to a reserve/future contract after the 2018 season.

At Chattanooga, Board started 47 games and totaled 146 catches for 2,032 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a senior in 2018, he set career highs with 46 receptions, 725 yards and five scores.

On Tuesday, the Giants signed rookie free agent Cody White of Michigan State.

View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.

Photos: Giants pick up pace at training camp

Check out these must-see photos from Thursday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Must-see photos from Thursday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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