I suspect Kalif will be the first half punt returner and maybe kickoff returner this week. Hope he makes the most of the opportunity. Sharp put it on the ground twice last week so the door is definitely open for Kalif. Just needs to bust through it.
Raymond essentially the incumbent from last year...but the Giants are still searching for their return man...[KR] has not really taken advantage...more likely the punt-kick returner for the Giants will be someone currently on another team
One of the issues working against Kalif is that the Giants are in the #2 waiver position. The KR/PR is an area of concern for the Giants and there could be guys cut on other teams the Giants may want to take a look at. If he gets cut, however, he may be picked up by another team - he does have some experience.
Hoping he has a good game tonight - he needs to make the best of this opportunity.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Aug 24, 2018 21:44:18 GMT -5
Punt returns of 35,11,19, if sustained for a season, would be hall of fame caliber. Not even Gale Sayers averaged 20+ yards on his punt returns. I know it's preseason and only one game but that is very impressive.
Kalif listed as a stock riser by nj.com. Unfortunately, they also say later in the same article that Hunter Sharp likely locked up a spot on the 53 with his punt return TD. Given that Sharp has been the first punt returner in all three games, he pretty clearly is a notch above Kalif in their pecking order. Sharp has also gotten some run in games with the first team offense which Kalif has not. I fear Kalif is not going to make it. Not sure if he’s still eligible for practice squad or not. Maybe he did enough last night to get a shot elsewhere. The fact that he has not put it on the ground at all will definitely help with other teams as that has been the knock on him.
WR - Kalif Raymond As the first half was winding down, Kalif Raymond made his most impressive play of the preseason, on special teams. Raymond returned a punt 35 yards down the sideline to the Jets' 30 with 1:34 remaining, very nearly beating his man down the sideline with nothing but daylight in front of him. It could very well come down to a battle between Raymond and Hunter Sharp for the final wide receiver spot on the 53-man roster.
WR - Russell Shepard Hunter Sharp will get the accolades for a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, but it was a punishing block by Russell Shepard near the sideline that sprung him loose. Shepard is a steady special teams contributor, and reliable pass catcher, which is an important combination to have as a receiver on cut down day. Shepard help his cause tremendously Friday night.
WR - Hunter Sharp After muffing both a kickoff and punt against the Lions last Friday night, Hunter Sharp responded by returning a first quarter punt 55 yards for a touchdown against the Jets. Sharp showed excellent vision, and allowed his blockers to develop in front of him as he streaked down the sideline for the score. Given that Sharp took first-team offensive snaps and was the first punt returner on the field, the coaching staff was clearly giving him every chance to win the job of the likes of Kalif Raymond and putting Cody Latimer in that role. Sharp's touchdown likely secures both his spot on the 53-man roster, as well as the punt returner job.
I think Kalif may be practice squad eligible. I haven’t gone back and counted up where he was when but he definitely doesn’t have more than two accrued seasons. From the interweb:
An NFL practice squad typically is made up of rookies and undrafted free agents who the team recently cut. Each team can carry up to four veterans — who can have no more than two accrued NFL seasons (six games on 53-man roster qualifies as an accrued season) — on its practice squad, and a player can't be on a given practice squad for more than three seasons. Practice squad players are not eligible to play in games. Teams can sign players from other teams' practice squads as long as the players are added to the new teams' 53-man rosters (active/inactive).