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New York Giants’ Corey Washington Plays Preseason Hero for Second Straight Game

Corey Washington New York Giants

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For the second straight preseason game, New York Giants wide receiver Corey Washington caught the game-winning touchdown, as the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-16.

Washington’s catch capped off an 80-yard drive, clocking in at over seven minutes. Curtis Painter marched New York down the field in his only real drive of the night, completing all seven of his passes, including the three-yard touchdown to Washington with just under three minutes to go in the game.

Painter and Washington connected on a back-shoulder fade route. Washington did a great job of using his size and strength to get position and seal off his defender before reeling in the pass.

For the game, Washington caught three passes for 23 yards and the one touchdown.

Last week, Washington made a great snag on a Ryan Nassib heave, as the receiver came back to an under-thrown pass and made the leaping grab, taking it 73 yards for the score. The touchdown was his only catch of the night, but it made the final difference, as New York beat the Buffalo Bills 17-13.

Washington’s path to the NFL is an unlikely one, as he is an undrafted free agent out of Newberry College, a Division II school.

But, no matter how he got here, Washington has displayed tremendous athleticism this preseason. Also, at 6-foot-4, he has the size that the Giants otherwise lack along the wide receiver unit. Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. all clock in at six foot or under. Rueben Randle, 6-2, is New York’s tallest receiver.

It is still a long way to a roster spot for Washington. He is currently listed as a fourth-string wide receiver. Also, his reps in the preseason have come against mostly other third and fourth-stringers. However, this may change soon enough.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.