King will have an opportunity to fill the shoes of the recently released Victor Cruz in 2017, NJ.com reports.
Last season, the Giants' passing attack largely revolved around Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Will Tye, each of whom received at least 70 targets. Among the remaining skill position players, only running back Rashad Jennings (42) surpassed 25, while the next most utilized wideout was Roger Lewis with 19. Meanwhile, King carried just one six-yard catch into Week 17, when he doubled his reception count with a 44-yard grab. Proving it wasn't an aberration, Lewis recorded the Giants' sole touchdown in a three-catch, 73-yard performance in their wild-card loss at Green Bay. With Cruz now out of the picture, King will have every chance to lock down a regular role on the outside.
King brought in three of six targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers.
The speedy second-year man helped bring the Giants within one on a 41-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. King showed up with a 44-yard reception against the Redskins in Week 17, but his six targets on Sunday were nevertheless a surprise, considering he'd only received a total of four looks over the course of the regular season. Given his late-season surge and ability to get downfield, King makes for an intriguing prospect to monitor throughout the offseason.
King figures to play a "decent amount" in Sunday's game against Dallas, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Raanan and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano have both suggested that King made a strong late push to overtake Dwayne Harris for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart. If indeed true, King could be just one Odell Beckham/Sterling Shepard injury away from a starting job outside, as No. 3 wideout Victor Cruz may almost exclusively operate from the slot. It also remains to be seen how many snaps Cruz will play in his first game since October 2014. If Cruz is at all limited, King could conceivably push for 20+ snaps on offense.
He'll battle Roger Lewis for the fifth WR job after a strong showing in camp won him the role.
King may have locked up a roster spot after catching two passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
King is a 26-year old journeyman, but he's been the team's most consistent receiver among those on the roster bubble during camp. At 6-1, 200 with 4.47 40 speed, he's a good athlete and provides a little more size than the three players ahead him (Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz) on the depth chart, but he's hardly an ideal red-zone target.
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