The Giants’ first and second string units put the team into a deep 26-0 hole but New York’s reserves clawed their way back into the game. The comeback was capped off by a four-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib to Washington with under one minute left.
The win itself means very little, but for a player like Washington, who is fighting for a roster spot, it means a whole heck of a lot. Once again, the undrafted rookie from Division II Newberry College made serious positive contributions.
New York beat Buffalo in their preseason opener on a deep ball from Nassib to Washington, where Washington came back to an underthrown pass, made a leaping catch and trotted the rest of the way for the score.
Against the Steelers, Washington used his body to shield his defender on a back-shoulder fade from Curtis Painter.
Washington’s great preseason play has not been in-game flukes. He has, reportedly, displayed great talent in practice as well and has to be climbing New York’s depth chart.
Sure, Washington’s game-winners have come at the end of games where he has been matched up against third and fourth stringers. However, he has definitely earned himself a shot to play against better talent.
At 6-foot-4, Washington is taller than any other Giants receiver. He uses his size and build well, shielding defenders and catching passes at their highest peak. Washington looks like he could eventually be a legitimate red zone threat and goal line option. He could fill the role the Giants once hoped Ramses Barden would hold.
There is still about three weeks before New York opens up their 2014 campaign. To this point Washington has done everything in his power to secure a roster spot and will need to continue to take advantage of opportunities as more and more come his way.