The New York Giants cut bait with another draft pick today, as they waived 2019 6th-round pick cornerback Corey Ballentine. The Giants made the move in order to activate offensive guard Will Hernandez from the COVID-19 List and to make room for newly acquired wide receiver Dante Pettis.
Dave Gettleman selected Ballentine along with two other cornerbacks (Deandre Baker and Julian Love) in the 2019 NFL Draft. Tragedy struck him the next day, as his friend Dwane Simmons and himself were struck by bullets in a shooting. Ballentine recovered from his injuries, as Simmons died that day.
Ballentine played in 13 games and started two games for the New York Giants in 2019. He was apart of the cornerback merry-go-round involving Deandre Baker and Sam Beal. Ballentine allowed 27 completions on 42 targets (64.3 completion percentage), 393 yards, 14.6 yards per completion, four touchdowns, and a 126.4 passer rating.
Ballentine started the first two games of the 2020 season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. He struggled again, in a new system, allowing six completions on eight targets (75% completion), 79 yards, 13.2 yards allowed per completion, one touchdown, and a 145.3 passer rating.
Corey Ballentine also returned kicks for the Giants, other than being a cornerback. In 2019, Ballentine returned ten kicks for 256 yards and in 2020 he returned nine kicks for 191 yards. His longest return was 52 yards.
There is speculation, however, that Ballentine could return to the practice squad.
Hernandez and Pettis
As for Hernandez and Pettis, both could be on track to play against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. Hernandez spent two weeks on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Big Blue acquired Pettis off the waiver wire from the San Francisco 49ers, after they cut bait with him a week and a half ago. Pettis did not play Sunday, due to COVID-19 protocols.