The New York Giants completed their second practice today and it looks like the wide receivers are stealing the show early. With a heated competition expected for the number three receiver slot, the early showings suggest Tom Coughlin is going to have to make a tough choice at the end of camp.
With Hakeem Nicks out with his broken foot, everyone has moved up the depth chart allowing for more reps and allowing for some to show the coaching staff what exactly they bring to the table. Jerrel Jernigan had a couple of big plays, beating Michael Coe, and later Corey Webster on deep routes along the sidelines. Jernigan is a bit of a sleeper after he had an unimpressive rookie campaign. However, a lot of his struggles came from his lack of understanding the offense and trying to do too much all at once. It seemed like he was never coordinated when he did see the field. Now, with a full offseason program, Jernigan just appears more at ease in camp and is showing the coaching staff the home run ability that led the Giants to draft him in the third round last year. However, coming out of Troy University and trying to learn an entire offense in one training camp looked like it was too overwhelming for the speedy receiver.
Jernigan should get plenty of chances to show Coughlin and company what he has to offer, not only as a receiver but also as a returner on punts and kickoffs. With veteran return man Domenik Hixon coming off his second ACL injury in as many years, the Giants are hoping someone like Jernigan shows enough in the return game so they don’t have to use Hixon back there. Jernigan might be the most talented return man the Giants have had since Ahmad Bradshaw was returning kicks, or even since Ron Dixon. Of course, that means nothing if Jernigan doesn’t translate that talent into results.
In the meantime, the Giants seem to be happy with the early returns from Jernigan after a couple of days in camp. If he keeps this up, he very well might earn that number three spot and add yet another dynamic receiver to the Giants stable.