No. 3 – Hunter Sharp
Hunter Sharp made an impact late last season after joining the Giants in December, recording five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in two games.
The 6-foot, 199-pound receiver out of Utah State continued to make plays through OTAs and the start of training camp under the new coaching staff, but it has yet to translate on the field this preseason.
Sharp has struggled to hold onto the ball through two outings. He has already muffed one punt return, fumbled a kickoff return, and has been plagued with missed opportunities on offense.
Through two outings, Sharp is averaging under five yards per punt return and just over 25 yards per kickoff return. He is still the favorite to land the full-time return role, but the gap between him and Kalif Raymond has certainly closed this preseason.
Sharp not only needs to make an impact in the return game on Friday night. He also needs to make the most of his opportunities at wide receiver. He is currently listed as a second-string wideout on the team’s unofficial depth chart but has yet to prove himself worthy of the spot.
Russell Shepard, Roger Lewis, Raymond, Jawill Davis, Travis Rudolph, and others will all be looking to leave their mark on Friday’s preseason tilt, making it even more important for Sharp to stand out.