No. 1 – Donte Deayon
Donte Deayon is the second cornerback to make this list and has the most to prove of any New York Giant on Friday night.
The undrafted cornerback out of Boise State was making plays all over the field at the start of training camp but has been sidelined the past three weeks with a hamstring injury. Deayon returned to practice this week and will look to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster against Gang Green.
He is currently listed as a second-string cornerback on the team’s unofficial depth chart and was considered Big Blue’s top nickel option prior to his injury. During his absence, Webb, Johnson, and Haley have all looked to take advantage of their opportunities.
But Deayon is not worrying about the things he can’t control, as he explained to Art Stapleton of the North Jersey Record.
"“No pressure. You know me, I’m excited, I love to do this. I’m just taking it one day at a time, one step at a time. Not looking forward right now, I’m just trying to focus on each day and getting better each day. I just want to build that trust, gain their trust and build that foundation by stacking good days. When you get hurt and you’re not on the field you can talk about it, but you can’t really show them. My main goal is to just each day just keep proving to them that I can do it.”"
The 5-foot-9, 163-pound cornerback appeared in four games for the Giants last season. A strong performance against the Jets could solidify his role with the team.