Though it’s a bit early to tell, Victor Cruz may go down as one of the top undrafted free agents in Giants’ history.
Hall of Fame defensive back Emlen Tunnell is also on that list with his 79 career interceptions.
The Giants have four undrafted free agents who will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. They are:
Charleston Southern cornerback Charles James; Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino; Virginia Tech safety Alonzo Tweedy; and Louisville running back Jeremy Wright.
Of this group, who has the best chance to crack the opening week roster?
The Virginia Tech guy, Tweedy, may have the inside track.
Tweedy was highly sought after by the Giants even before the draft and was an easy sign once he went undrafted.
He’s known for his play on special teams, which is an area that is often overlooked.
Last season, the Giants received decent special teams play from Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger. However, with what seems to be a revolving door at linebacker this season, these two may see extended time on defense, thus opening up the door for a player like Tweedy to contribute on special teams.
Of the above group, Sabino might be the only other play with some chance to make the roster. Again, linebacker will be a revolving door position for Big Blue, so just being able to play that position gives Sabino the upper hand.
He’s another athletic guy that could be a contributor on special teams. It’s probably safe to say that at least one of Sabino or Tweedy will be on this team as a primary special teamer.
As for the others, it would really take an eye-opening training camp for them to earn a roster spot. Of course though, injuries are bound to happen like they do every season, and one or more of these guys could be called upon to step up.
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