As rookie minicamps and the remainder of the NFL’s offseason program proceed, the New York Giants are including some veteran items to their roster. On Sunday, the membership introduced the signing of vast receiver Kelvin Benjamin and working again Corey Clement. The 2 participated on the group’s rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout foundation and have seemingly accomplished sufficient to make the Giants brass need to see what else they are able to provide.
Benjamin first entered the league as a first-round draft selection of the Panthers. The connection between Benjamin and the Giants facilities round GM Dave Gettleman, who chosen Benjamin again in 2014 when he was serving in the identical position in Carolina. Given Gettleman’s affinity for the participant, it is no shock to see him circle again to see if there’s something left in a expertise he as soon as took at No. 28 total.
Whereas the 30-year-old was in a position to put up some respectable numbers (1,008 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns in 2014) out of the gate, he failed to really reside as much as that first-round billing. Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in 2015, then performed the whole 2016 season with the Panthers however was traded within the midst of the 2017 marketing campaign and was out of the league by the top of 2018 after stints with the Buffalo Payments and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Throughout this new stint with New York, it does appear like Benjamin can be making a place swap as he tries to get his professional profession again on observe. In line with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community, Benjamin can be working as a good finish with the Giants, which is one thing head coach Joe Decide spoke about on Friday when requested about his tryout.
“When it comes to Benjamin working totally different place at present, we will work totally different guys at a wide range of issues proper now,” he mentioned, by way of the official group web site. “He is an enormous man. He is at all times been an enormous receiver. He’ll work receiver. He is working just a little bit flex tight finish as effectively. I would not actually pin him all the way down to anybody place at this level. We’ll use the weekend to maneuver him round to totally different spots and see the way it works out.”
As for Clement, he climbed the NFL ladder as an undrafted free agent in 2017 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. There, he grew to be one of many postseason heroes because the membership went on to win Tremendous Bowl LII. In that victory over the New England Patriots, Clement, a rookie on the time, piled up 100 yards receiving and caught a landing. He was additionally one of many cogs within the notorious “Philly Particular” as he initially took the snap and handed it off to Trey Burton, who threw a landing to Nick Foles.
Whereas he’ll at all times reside in Philadelphia sports activities lore, Clement hasn’t been in a position to carve out a big position within the backfield, taking part in in simply 10% of the offensive snaps final season. With the Giants, he’ll be becoming a member of a aggressive working again steady that consists of Saquon Barkley, Devontae Booker, and others. His finest likelihood of securing a spot on the Week 1 roster can be exhibiting his versatility by persevering with to indicate his prowess on particular groups alongside together with his skills as a working again.