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.
This will be more relevant if Victor Cruz (groin) is cut. Reports on Cruz's last practice were good, but if Cruz's constant injuries prove too much from which to return, someone will have to land the team's No. 3 WR job, and right now King has the upper hand. Keep in mind King is 26 with only average size and decent speed.
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