Giants’ Corey Washington is having a Victor Cruz-like preseason


In Giants camp, they know a thing or two about undrafted rookie wide receivers becoming stars.

Much in the same way Victor Cruz captured their imaginations with a stellar preseason in 2010, the Giants have another small-college standout who could make a difference for them.

Corey Washington scored his fourth fourth-quarter touchdown Friday night, and three of them have been game-winners. That matches Cruz’s scoring total from his first preseason, when he went from some guy from UMass to a star in New York.

Anytime anybody plays in a superb fashion, it gets your attention,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “He has one area that he has done very well, and that is he will go up and get the ball. That has been very noticeable.”

That’s not the only thing that stands out about Washington. He’s 6-foot-5, and the Giants lack much size in their receiving corps. They claimed Washington off waivers from the Cardinals in May, and the product of tiny Newberry College in South Carolina has a good chance of sticking with the Giants.

And with a role model like Cruz, he might do more than just make the team.