You never know what might happen during an NFL training camp. When camp starts, many inside of an organization, as well as those on the outside, enter with preconceived notions. A couple of weeks into camp, those notions are destroyed.
That happened in East Rutherford this summer. The Giants signed veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley in late July to serve as a training camp body and round out the depth chart at wide receiver. Just two weeks into his tenure with NY, Beasley has shown out. Momentum is building for the ex-Cowboy to make the roster.
During Thursday morning's practice, Beasley juked out Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes, who fell to the ground, and had to watch Beasley take it the distance. This was an unreal route from Beasley:
Despite being 34 years old, it looks like Beasley still has what it takes to contribute to an NFL offense. The sharp route and quick cut caused Holmes to be left in the dust. Big Blue could use that on Sundays. The veteran slot receiver has 556 catches for 5,744 yards and 34 touchdowns in his NFL career, so he knows what it takes to be a productive contributor.
It appears as though Beasley is flying up the depth chart in New York. According to Bobby Skinner of Talkin' Giants, Beasley is well ahead of Sterling Shepard, the longest tenured Giant, on Big Blue's depth chart.
Beasley played for Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen from 2019-2021 in Buffalo, so it's fair to assume his understanding of the offense and how the two operate has allowed him to hit the ground running. Shepard, one of the leaders in the Giants locker room, is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last September, and has been Daniel Jones' favorite target, so it's possible he leaps back ahead of Beasley come September. Is it possible Shepard is a surprise cut this summer?
As for Holmes, it appears his days in New York are numbered. Getting cooked badly by a 34-year-old slot wideout is just another bad sign for a player who is having a rough camp. New York can create $2.7 million in cap space by releasing Holmes this summer, money that can be used to acquire depth pieces at positions of need.