In my last article, I spotlighted 5 prospects to watch and who I believe can make an impact on the Giants in 2012 or beyond. In this article, I’ve put a little twist on it and have targeted 2 veteran players looking to latch on to re-establish themselves in the NFL.
With currently 16-18 veterans tryout for the Giants, I narrowed down my selection to 2 players who I feel have the best chance of making the team based on their history and also their ability.
WR Limas Sweed (6’4, 220 pounds): Sweed
was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 Draft in the 2nd round (53rd
overall) out of the University of Texas. He spent three frustrating seasons in a Pittsburgh uniform, which ended on an injury to his left Achilles that required surgery. Since then, Sweed has bounced around trying out with various teams to restart his career.
Sweed’s overall numbers are not very impressive (7 receptions for 69 yards) during his career, so what would make us believe that Sweed has what it takes to make this Giants roster?
Nicks and Cruz are safe with a roster spot, Sweed will be competing with Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon, Julian Talley, David Douglas, Damian Davis and a few others for the final 4 spots on the roster. Realistically, I would say that Sweed would be competing for one remaining roster as Jernigan should be safe, and perhaps Hixon as well. Ironically, Sweed’s
biggest competition for the final spot could be Ramses Barden who is similar to Sweed in stature, playing ability and both have had disappointing careers thus far.
S Will Hill (6’1, 207 pounds):
Hill was an outstanding high school football player in New Jersey as he compiled numerous records at St. Peter’s Preparatory School. Hill played WR, QB, RB and S during his time in HS, which enabled him to attend the University of Florida as the top rated safety in high school his senior year. In college, Hill had a very respectful career and was looking forward to being selected during the 2011 Draft.
Unfortunately; Hill was overlooked in the Draft and played in the Arena Football League for the Arizona Rattlers. With Phillips, Rolle,
and Sash cemented with roster spots at safety, Hill will be competing with Horton, Brown, Jones and Jackson for the remaining 2 spots on the roster. Hill will be facing an uphill battle, but he has been down this road before and understands that this could be his last chance to make it to the NFL.
Both of these players are a long shot to make the Giants' 53-man roster for Week 1. However, they do bring something to the table and over the next several weeks we will see if their journey ends well or not. After the rookie mini-camp, the players who have survived this weekend will be expected to prepare for training camp when the rest of the players report. In most camps, there is always one or two player’s that have no chance of making the roster standing out and winning a job. Who will that player or players be?