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SPOTLIGHT: Giants Roster Battles: Marcus Harris in the Wide Receiver Mix

SPOTLIGHT: Giants Roster Battles
06/08/2014 9:30 AM -

Giants Roster Battles: Marcus Harris in the Wide Receiver Mix

EAST RUTHERFORD --There are a lot of wide receivers on the Giants roster fighting for that final wide receiver spot (or two). One somewhat unfamiliar name not to sleep on: Marcus Harris.

Harris was among the many to receive first-string snaps alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle on Thursday at Giants OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Mario Manningham (knee) injured and Jerrel Jernigan tending to personal business. Kris Adams, Preston Parker and Julian Talley also rotated in during team drills at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

It just goes to show the logjam that currently exists outside the Giants' top four receivers (not including Manningham, whose knee continues to give him trouble some 18 months after surgery). It's anyone's spot to grab, with return specialist Trindon Holliday also expected to factor into the equation.

The Giants could keep as many as six wide receivers on their final 53-man roster with a new offense that will is expected to routinely use three (and sometimes four) wide-receiver sets.

Harris is an interesting option. He joined the Giants late in training camp from the Arena Football League when Adams hurt his leg and impressed enough to earn a spot on the practice squad. At 6-1, 195 pounds, he'd be the Giants' second-biggest target behind Randle. Just like Thursday, he'll have his chances this spring and summer.

"We're all getting an equal shot," Harris said. "Going out there with Victor means a lot, helps my mentality a lot. Even going out there with the twos, I have to get better. But going out there with [quarterback] Eli [Manning] and Vic and Rueb, just getting the timing down feels good."

It looked good, too. Harris appeared quick and sharp out of his breaks. He caught everything Thursday that came in his direction...

 

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