Every year, a player, or two, stands out at training camp to the point where the coaches, the media and the fans start a buzz. This summer at Giants camp, DB Trevin Wade is one of those players.
Wade is fourth-year pro who was a seventh-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012 out of the University of Arizona. Before signing with the Giants in January, Wade was on the Saints' roster in 2013-14 and then the Lions' practice squad for the second half of last season.
He has played a grand total of 15 NFL games, 13 with the Browns and two with New Orleans, and hopes to play more as a member of the Giants.
“I just come with a chip on my shoulder every day,” he said last week. “Every day, I’m out here and just thankful to be out here. So I just try to go in like it’s my last day.”
From Michael Eisen of Giants.com:
Wade is getting a lot of practice reps, he always seems to be around the ball, and he made one of the team’s few big plays in the preseason opener in Cincinnati, intercepting a Keith Wenning pass and returning it 61 yards.
“He’s done a nice job,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “When a guy steps up, he’s around the ball, he’s making plays - he made a big one at the end, I think you have to recognize that. At first, I don’t think anybody really knew where he was, as a player. But it’s good to see him, I’d like to see more guys do that.”
With the injury wheel churning faster than ever at Giants' camp this year, Wade has a very good chance to make the Giants' 53-man roster, mainly because there are only nine corners in camp this summer.
Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the team's starters, but after them, it's a mad scramble, and Wade is rising in the eyes of many.
Amukamara (groin) hasn't practiced in two weeks, but he is due back this week. Trumaine McBride tweaked a hamstring injury against the Bengals, but he's in the mix at slot corner. The rest of the spots are up for grabs.
Jayron Hosley is dealing with a neck issue and there is no timetable for his return. Chykie Brown (knee) is still weeks away from returning and could be headed for IR. Hosley is running out of chances. Chandler Fenner and Josh Gordy could be on the bubble, and Mike Harris figures to stick around. The team will keep at least five corners on the roster.
Wade is gunning to be one of them and he's off to a strong start.