Forgotten NY Giants WR turning heads at OTAs is a great sign for Brian Daboll

Will the second-year WR make an impact this season?
New York Giants Offseason Workout
New York Giants Offseason Workout / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

Despite him being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2023, NY Giants WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton can still be considered a new addition for the offense and head man Brian Daboll. How so? Well, Ford-Wheaton tore his ACL late last August, ending his campaign before it could even get started.

It was so disappointing for the youngster, as he was impressing in camp and he figured to make a difference on special teams too. Ford-Wheaton is on the comeback trail from his serious knee injury and he's going to be pushing for a spot on the 53-man roster. His chances of doing so are only going to increase if he keeps posting strong practices this offseason:

Bryce Ford-Wheaton is hoping to make a splash for the NY Giants this season

Once Ford-Wheaton shockingly didn't go drafted (some analysts had him going as high as the fourth round), the Giants were able to sign him to a UDFA deal despite others trying to land him too. NY gave Ford-Wheaton a $236,000 fully guaranteed contract, with a $20,000 signing bonus.

Despite Year 1 in the NFL not going according to plan for him, it's hard not to get excited about the former West Virginia standout's potential. The 6-3, 220-pounder has great leaping ability and he's the kind of outside WR who can make an impact for the aerial attack.

We're not expecting Ford-Wheaton to be a superstar in this league, but having him back to full health could prove to be key for the Giants this fall and winter. You can never have enough depth at outside WR and that's what the second-year playmaker will be able to provide.

Obviously, a ton of the offseason attention is going to Malik Nabers and rightfully so. Nabers was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and he has all the tools to be an incredible WR1 for Daboll and Co. However, other new faces are going to have to step their game up for the Giants in '24. Will Ford-Wheaton be among the contributors? We'll know more this summer, but he's going to be a WR to keep an eye on once camp and the preseason arrives.