The New York Giants wide receiver room lost one person today as star special teams gunner Cody Core was placed on Injured Reserve. In a corresponding move, they officially signed former Panthers kicker Graham Gano.
WR Cody Core
Cody Core tore his Achilles while running a route in yesterday’s padded camp practice. Cornerback Corey Ballentine also got hurt during yesterday’s practice during tackling drills. However, Giants’ head coach Joe Judge said that yesterday that “he (Ballentine) finished practice, he was up quickly right there. He is good to go”.
Core was claimed off waivers by the Giants last year from the Cincinnati Bengals. The corresponding roster move upset Giants fans. That was the release of preseason star Alonzo Russell.
Last year, Core had opportunities in the offense and was a star on special teams. Core had three receptions for 28 yards last year. His biggest opportunity was against the Bills last year. The Giants were without Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate.
This move opens up the wide receiver competition. After Slayton, Tate, and Shepard, nobody is guaranteed. Core might have been due to his special teams work, but after his Achilles tear, nobody is guaranteed. The wide receiver four, five, and six spots are open to the following:
- David Sills V
- Tony White
- Corey Coleman
- Binjimen Victor
- Derek Dillon
- Austin Mack
- Alex Bachman
- C.J. Board
K Graham Gano
The corresponding move was the official signing of Graham Gano. The Giants released Chandler Catanzaro, who was Aldrick Rosas‘ replacement, on Monday. Gano was scheduled for a workout and a physical (COVID-19 test included). If all went well, the Giants intended on signing the former Pro-Bowler. Everything went well and he is now on the roster.
Gano did not play in 2019 due to an injury and was replaced by Joey Slye. However, in 2018, he made 87.5% of his attempted field goals. That was before his injury. He was 14 for 16 on field goals and 30 for 33 on extra points.
Gano will reunite with Thomas McGaughey, who was the special teams coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and coached Gano to his only Pro-Bowl season.