Saw a blog earlier that the Giants might take 6 or even 7 receivers. That would materially help Kalif’s chances if they took even 6. Even if you like Sharp, Kalif has to be in the top 6 unless they just think he’s too small to contribute as a receiver. He should get plenty of run at WR against the Pats to show what he can do there.
WR - Hunter Sharp Sharp returned a first-half Jets punt 55 yards for a touchdown on Friday night, and for a moment seemed to secure a spot both on the roster as well as the No. 1 return job ... Until he dropped a very catchable pass that stalled a promising Giants drive later in the half. "The coaches will hold the drop against me," Sharp said afterwards. "It's hard to make the team as a receiver, when you don't catch the ball. Pat Shurmur's really big on that. For me, I have to put it all together in one game. "It's like I'll have a good game as a receiver, but not my best game on punt returns. This week, it was a good game on punt returns but not a good game as a receiver. I have to find a way to put it all together." For Sharp to make the team, he might need to standout both in the two remaining practices and play a mistake-free football game against the Patriots.
WR - Kalif Raymond Given that Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Cody Latimer are entrenched as the three starting wide receivers with veteran Russell Shepard also appearing to lock up a roster spot because of his special teams contributions, it might be difficult to keep both Raymond and Sharp. Raymond is a home run threat every time he is targeted on offense, and was one cut away from breaking a punt return for a touchdown down the sideline of his own against the Jets. This week could be Raymond's last chance to win a job.
Beckham and Shepard are the starters. Latimer seems to have settled as the No. 3 receiver. Shepard is a trusted veteran in reserve who can play special teams and the Giants seem to like Sharp the most as their returner.
I actually saw a Jets blogger wonder if the Jets would consider signing Kalif if the Giants cut him. Really hope that doesn’t happen and I suspect that’s the last place Kalif would go if he had another option. Hoping for Giants. Pats would be decent too as we get all the games here.
Who’s in: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard, Hunter Sharp and Kalif Raymond.
Who’s out: Alonzo Russell, Jawill Davis, Amba Etta-Tawo, Marquis Bundy, Travis Rudolph and Roger Lewis Jr.
Analysis: This is a bit of a toss up as several of those slated to make it are trending downward and others on the outside looking in are trending upward. Thursday’s game against the Patriots could change the outcome at the wide receiver position, but for now, we’re going with depth that provides true special teams value.
Wide receivers (6): Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard, Hunter Sharp, Roger Lewis.
This might not be the configuration to start the season, as a player here (Lewis?) could be gone if another position needs to be fortified. Sharp is inconsistent but he could be a factor as a return man. Russell Shepard showed his veteran moxie. When these guys go out to celebrate making the team, Money Bags Odell pays.