New York Giants 2014: Workout Update


May 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Louis Murphy (18) chases an overthrown ball as he is covered by cornerback Charles James (29) during the New York Giants organized team activities at the Giants Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The New York Giants are continuing their pursuit to construct the ideal roster for 2014… or at least close to it. They’ve scheduled four workouts over the past two weeks, tirelessly trying to improve a team that had tremendous turnover in the last few months. While Jamal Merrell, a former Rutgers linebacker, and former South Carolina CB Victor Hampton have both signed with different teams (Merrell signed prior to meeting with Big Blue), the Giants are now looking towards offense for their next potential signing.

WR Denzell Jones, formerly of Division II Central Connecticut State University, worked out on Wednesday with the team. He started his collegiate career at quarterback but eventually shifted out wide, making his mark with good athleticism. His notable leaping ability stood out at the NFL’s Super Regional Combine, as Jones notched a 10’4’’ broad jump. Adding to the intrigue is his 6’5 225  lb frame. Jones is a big target outside for any passer, and his height may be a major asset for a Giants’ roster with shortcomings in that area.

Most of the other receivers on the roster are solid route runners with speed, so his mismatch ability can give defenders fits, especially in the red zone, a facet of the offense that has been horrid over the last two seasons.

At the very least, Jones can be a nice practice squad addition as he gets more acclimated to the NFL before challenging anyone behind Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. on the depth chart.