Corey Ballentine impressive in first game after he was shot

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Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine said the best way he could honor his fallen friend was to play well.

He’s off to a good start.

The sixth-round pick had an interception and a 40-yard kickoff return Thursday, his first game since he was shot on draft night, in an incident in which his friend and teammate Dwane Simmons was killed.

I’m just continuing to improve,” Ballentine said, via Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “Go out here and put my hand in the pile and help this team win a championship, [that’s] my real goal.”

Ballentine has three interceptions of teammates in practice, but last night’s against Davis Webb was his first in a game.

“[I’m] not letting the playbook get ahead of me and just going out there and playing the game that I’ve played since the fourth grade,” Ballentine said. “It’s just at a higher level now. I just gotta go out there and make plays. This is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was young. Now that the time is here, I just gotta do my thing and make sure everybody knows that I belong here. . . .

“I’ve always felt like I could compete at this level with these type of athletes. So the speed of the game wasn’t too different for me. But I think I handled it well. I think I’m fast enough to keep up with them and physical enough to keep up with them as well.”

He was deemed a bit too physical at one point, as he was flagged for a pass interference penalty after a challenge by Jets coach Adam Gase.

4 responses to “Corey Ballentine impressive in first game after he was shot

  1. Someone was listening to coaches along the way. The hand check is a veteran move. Most use an arm bar. Now it’s going to ticky tacky from now on. Although that was a foul that you rarely see called.

    This kid can definitely play. The return was ill advised in a real game but was good to see in pre-season. Very explosive.

    On the TD, he looked like he was going to jump the route and got sucked in. If they were in ‘man’ then not his fault and the play was easy to see coming from our TV angle. But if you see your guy running into triple coverage, you know something is wrong. You just vacated an area in a league that is all about deception. He will learn, he has the talent and the desire.

    He’s made the team and he will contribute. Really happy for him.

  2. If he keeps that up, he just may be good enough to trade (like the rest of the Giant’s players who have exceeded expectations) LOL

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