The New York Giants signed an undrafted wide receiver out of the University of Massachusetts back in 2010. In the first preseason game against the New York Jets, which happened to be the first game ever at MetLife Stadium, that player made spectacular plays. He was given a roster spot off of his impressive performance that entire preseason. That player just happens to be Victor Cruz.
The Giants drafted Michael Cox in the seventh round of this year’s draft, and he also came from the University of Massachusetts. Cox is making a case to claim a roster spot with his impressive play in the second half of last night’s preseason tilt against the Indianapolis Colts. Cox didn’t get many carries or rush for many yards. However, he had two big gains off of screen passes and also had a big return on special teams.
The Giants already have Ryan Torain and Da’Rel Scott behind David Wilson and Andre Brown. However, Scott hasn’t done anything to suggest claiming a roster spot over Cox, so it’ll be interesting what happens in the next two preseason games. Scott must play against the Jets on Saturday and prove to Tom Coughlin and the offensive coaches that he can help the Giants in some way.
It’s also plausible that Cox deserves a spot ahead of Torain as well. Torain is a veteran, however, so that may help his case since Wilson and Brown aren’t too experienced themselves.
Cox was previously at the University of Michigan before transferring to UMass, where he would get way more playing time and prove he belonged in the NFL. With good runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week as well, Cox has shown he deserves to be the third running back. When rosters are whittled down to 53 by the end of preseason, I expect Cox to still be with the Giants.