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Its time to talk about Marcus Harris (and Corey Washington)

Posted: 8/8/2014 8:18 AM

Its time to talk about Marcus Harris (and Corey Washington) 


With the injury to Beckham, and Manningham trying to fight his way back, two young guys are getting a lot of playing time in practice, and preseason so far. They are both impressing but in different ways.

Marcus Harris, 6'1" 187, 25 years old, has been the star of camp so far (according to all reports and the first preseason game) by consistently getting open and catching everything thrown his way. He's also making some nice runs after the catch which is what this offense is supposed to be all about. Veteran players are raving about him as as the coaches. I think he has a real shot to make the final roster and even contribute this season. He seems like a smart guy and he's very motivated. You can't beat that. It reminds me a lot of Victor Cruz when he first came to the scene.

Corey Washington, 6'4" 214 lbs, 23 years old, has been a tall deep threat that the Giants have lacked ever since the Plaxico incident in 2008. He's tall, he goes up well for the ball, he fights for it, and he has a knack for catching deep balls. If he were to find his way onto the roster, he could become a good red zone target. I think he's more likely to get put on the practice squad and saved for next year as he's very young and could use a year of seasoning before making a real strong run at the roster next year. But I wouldn't be opposed to him making the roster this year as they need a tall guy like him.

  1. Cruz
  2. Randle
  3. Beckham
  4. Jernigan

These are the top four guys that we KNOW will make the roster. After that we are left with the following guys fighting for probably two spots: Manningham, Holliday, Preston Parker, Marcus Harris, Corey Washington, Travis Harvey and Julian Talley.

I have to think that Harvey, Parker and Talley won't make it. Manningham is not 100% still and I think he's in danger of getting cut at this point. Holliday hasn't been healthy of late and he offers very little as a wide receiver. The Giants also have plenty of options at kick return so I am starting to think that Holliday doesn't fit this roster. I think there is a real chance that both Washington and Harris make the final roster, or certainly at least one of them.

Good teams rely on their stars,
Great teams rely on each other.

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Posted: 8/8/2014 9:19 AM

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I agree there is a better than even chance for both of these guys. I love the attitude and grit they both have showed. It's early, but these two have come to play some football and cannot be ignored. I'd like to see some of the same from the tight end position.
Everything I've read up to now has me thinking they will both be in the discussion for a while. I'd like to see one or both get a few snaps against the Pittsburgh starters this weekend.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 9:43 AM

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Harris is practicing with the first team. He's got a great chance to stick. I'd love to see both Harris and Washington make the team.

Manningham should be worried right now. I wonder if there is a trade market for Jernigan? He seems like a redundant piece with Cruz and ODB ahead of him.

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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:19 AM

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Based on what we have seen so far, I think we have to believe Washington would not clear waivers to reach our practice squad.  Someone is likely to claim him if he keeps making the plays he has been making.

For the Giants to really become a threat, I think a number of lesser known players have to make the team.  These two are at the top of my list.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:29 AM

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Manningham appears to still have medical issues.  I am starting to worry about Beckham and his hamstring problems.  With our luck, he may end up on IR.  I like Washington and Harris. I hope they both make the team.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:40 PM

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Doc, that is a very interesting idea about trading Jernigan. I wonder if they could get anything for him, even a mid-round pick. I might make that move, but only if I'm confident that Beckham will be able to play this year and that Harris and Washington can contribute this year against starting NFL defenses (which means playing them against starters in preseason). I've always been in Jernigan's corner and I still am, but the Giants are so well off at WR right now that I would consider trading him at this point.

Ultimately, injuries may decide who makes the team as there are still four preseason games to go.

Good teams rely on their stars,
Great teams rely on each other.

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Posted: 8/8/2014 4:20 PM

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One of the hallmarks of the recent Packers teams has been their ability to use multiple WRs and make them productive.    Hopefully Mr. Harris and Washington can be our Randall Cobb's or Boykin's.    


I tell you what.......Mr. Randle better be careful.    His roster spot could end up in trouble if he doesn't pick it up.     Glad there is plenty of healthy competition here.     It's sad that MM is not 100% healthy.    Maybe the Giants PUP him and let him heal.......then make a decision on him down the road.   noidea
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Posted: 8/9/2014 12:46 PM

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I could be wrong about this, but Washington wears #6 just Cruz did when he came out of nowhere a few preseasons ago.  Thought it was a cool/odd coincidence.
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Posted: 8/9/2014 1:04 PM

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I would love to see one, or both, show they can do it against opposing teams #1 D. While both look promising, they haven't been game tested yet. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Ramses Barden look like he was going to break out one preseason? I am hopeful - but cautious. Fingers crossed.
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Posted: 8/9/2014 2:22 PM

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leagued wrote: With the injury to Beckham, and Manningham trying to fight his way back, two young guys are getting a lot of playing time in practice, and preseason so far. They are both impressing but in different ways.

Marcus Harris, 6'1" 187, 25 years old, has been the star of camp so far (according to all reports and the first preseason game) by consistently getting open and catching everything thrown his way. He's also making some nice runs after the catch which is what this offense is supposed to be all about. Veteran players are raving about him as as the coaches. I think he has a real shot to make the final roster and even contribute this season. He seems like a smart guy and he's very motivated. You can't beat that. It reminds me a lot of Victor Cruz when he first came to the scene.

Corey Washington, 6'4" 214 lbs, 23 years old, has been a tall deep threat that the Giants have lacked ever since the Plaxico incident in 2008. He's tall, he goes up well for the ball, he fights for it, and he has a knack for catching deep balls. If he were to find his way onto the roster, he could become a good red zone target. I think he's more likely to get put on the practice squad and saved for next year as he's very young and could use a year of seasoning before making a real strong run at the roster next year. But I wouldn't be opposed to him making the roster this year as they need a tall guy like him.

  1. Cruz
  2. Randle
  3. Beckham
  4. Jernigan

These are the top four guys that we KNOW will make the roster. After that we are left with the following guys fighting for probably two spots: Manningham, Holliday, Preston Parker, Marcus Harris, Corey Washington, Travis Harvey and Julian Talley.

I have to think that Harvey, Parker and Talley won't make it. Manningham is not 100% still and I think he's in danger of getting cut at this point. Holliday hasn't been healthy of late and he offers very little as a wide receiver. The Giants also have plenty of options at kick return so I am starting to think that Holliday doesn't fit this roster. I think there is a real chance that both Washington and Harris make the final roster, or certainly at least one of them.
Why are you so sure JJ makes this team. I am not as sure.

How long has be been a Giant now? What is this, his 4th year and he has had 2 good games in all that time. I would like nothing better than to be proven wrong about him, but I still see him as a one dimensional player, who hasn't earned a spot on this years roster by a long shot. With a couple of good rookies nipping at his heels, I can see trying to trade him, or cutting him out right.
As I said, I would like nothing more than for him to make the team and contribute and prove me wrong, but I sure don't want a roster spot for him and he continues to not get a jersey on game day.
There is no 'I' in team
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Posted: 8/9/2014 2:37 PM

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Manningham would, by dint of experience, be the most polished, but Harris has the much greater upside. Anyone else besides Cory Washington is probably gone.

Faithful Giants fan from 1967 - to whenever the Reaper comes a' callin'!

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Posted: 8/9/2014 11:36 PM

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I can see the Giants carrying 6 WRs on the opening day roster. In don't think Manningham will make it with his recurring knee injury. The Giants learned when Cruz had his breakout preseason that they shouldn't cut talented WRs. So i am fully expecting Harris and Washington to make the 53 man roster.
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