The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.
Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.
Earlier in the game, Brandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.
"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."
It is unclear how much time each receiver will miss with various injuries.
"I've never been in a situation like this," Lewis said. "But all the teams I've played on, from high school to college, even here, it's next man up mentality. And seize the opportunity."
Lewis recorded a 29-yard touchdown down the left sideline midway through the third quarter that gave the Giants a 16-10 lead, however he was just targeted twice, even with a depleted receiving corps.
Tight ends Jerell Adams, Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram combined for two catches for 20 yards on seven targets, while running backs Shane Vereen, Wayne Gallman and Orleans Darkwa totaled 55 receiving yards on 10 catches (12 targets).
"The guys fought hard, the tight ends stepped up and went out and worked to execute the two-man offense," head coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. "They don't get a lot of reps with what they're being asked to do, but they went out, they played fast and played hard."
Lewis said he looked up to Beckham and Marshall, saying each was "like a big brother to me," and said he'd likely check in with them soon.
"I feel like we're a close-knit team and I feel like there's nobody on this team that's going to give up," Lewis said. "We're going to get ready for next week and go out and play hard again."
The 23-year-old Lewis also expressed confidence he and the tight ends can form a formidable receiving corps given how decimated the Giants' roster is following Sunday's loss.
"I believe in the tight ends. I believe in them," he said. "They know what they're doing, even on the outside with the signals and everything. I believe in the tight ends, so I feel like any of our tight ends could play receiver."
Lewis appeared in 13 games last season and recorded just seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He entered Sunday's game with seven catches for 73 yards. Despite the lack of experience on the roster, Lewis said he believes it creates an opportunity for others to step up.
"With me, personally, I'm a hard worker," Lewis said. "The whole team are hard workers and we're going to go and do what we do and go to work."