Giants Release Former Top-15 Pick; Re-Sign Two Players

Corey Coleman released by Giants

Getty Redskins CB Fabian Moreau looks on as Giants WR Corey Coleman catches a pass

The release of Ryan Connelly on Saturday has now been given a run for its money as the most surprising New York Giants roster move of the weekend.

Wide receiver Corey Coleman, a former top-15 NFL Draft pick and training camp standout, has been released by the Giants alongside offensive lineman Chade Slade and safety Sean Chandler (waived). 

The moves come in response to Big Blue having been awarded three players off of waivers on Sunday afternoon. The newcomers include safety Adrian Colbert and offensive tackle Jackson Barton, both of whom come over from the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as wide receiver Damion Ratley from the Cleveland Browns.

Coleman Shined This Summer

To say Corey Coleman impressed this summer would be an understatement. In fact, an argument can be made that Coleman was the Giants’ offensive MVP of training camp. An argument that’s Lance Medow recently made.

Here’s what Medow had to say when asked whether tight end Evan Engram was the most impressive offensive player of camp in a fact or fiction segment:

Fiction – This isn’t a reflection of Evan Engram. It’s more the inability to overlook Corey Coleman. When you have Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, it’s very easy to not pay much attention to the rest of the receiving corps, but Coleman provided many reasons to keep close tabs on him throughout camp. After tearing his ACL during the very first training camp practice in 2019, Coleman looks like his old self prior to the injury. The speed is there as well as the confidence to go up and make plays for the quarterback. You can see why Coleman was a former first-round pick. He has all the talent and can contribute on special teams. It’s just a matter of him staying healthy.

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Giants Re-Sign Two Players

Despite Coleman’s brilliant rebound from a torn ACL, The Athletic’s Dan Duggan has reported that there are no plans to re-sign the wide receiver at a further date. Instead, the Giants will opt to bring back cornerback Brandon Williams and tight end Eric Tomlinson, both of whom were released just one day prior. The duo will take the vacant active roster spots left behind by linebacker David Mayo and safety Xavier McKinney who have been placed on injured reserve.

Tomlinson, who originally signed with the Giants back in March, is limited as receiver, having hauled in just 17 receptions over his 44 game NFL career. However, it’s his upside as a run-blocker that helps secure him a roster spot.

Williams was a late camp signing by the Giants, joining the team just last week. The former third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 NFL Draft has started just three of his 45 games NFL games, compiling 38 total tackles and five passes defended.

He will now join the likes of fellow Giants cornerbacks James Bradberry, Darnay Holmes, Corey Ballentine, as well as the recently acquired Isaac Yiadom and the versatile Logan Ryan.

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