The Giants have something they haven’t had since they traded away Odell Beckham Jr., a true number one wide receiver in Kenny Golladay. They have some talent surrounding Golladay, with returning players like Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, along with newcomers like John Ross and Kadarius Toney. After them, there is actually still a high level of competition to make the 6th spot. So far, it seems to me it’s coming down to CJ Board, David Sills V, and a sleeper Damion Willis.
David Sills V has had a strong summer, and his game against the Browns helped his stock rise. He supplied 3 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown on a contested catch. His big frame of 6’3 gives him an advantage going up for the ball and attacking it. He also made a big catch in the first preseason game against the Jets on the left sideline for a big gain. The one thing Sills lacks is true speed, but his ability to catch in traffic makes up for it. Especially with a player like Golladay still injured, Sills could be someone that is able to be utilized in a similar way if needed be.
CJ Board is interesting because of his contributions to special teams, and now the Giants have been using him on kick returns, and jet sweeps on offense. Board is a player that can step in and play where ever they need him to be, the question would be how much quality is there? Sills seems to have an advantage on the offensive side of the ball, but he does not play special teams. Board is able to play on the offense and also special teams.
Damion Willis was added late this summer, and caught the only touchdown against the Jets in their first preseason game. He also had some nice catches, including one to keep the drive going late against Cleveland. Willis can also play special teams. I think he could be a sleeper in this competition based on what he’s shown on the offense and also being able to serve as an asset on special teams.
The Giants very well could keep 6 wide receivers due to the injuries at that position at this moment. If they were able to substitute a roster spot elsewhere, they may ever be able to keep 7 wide receivers.
Dante Pettis has been sort of a let down in training camp and the preseason, making his chance to get a roster spot slim. Austin Mack is battling back from an injury making his chances grim also.
Sills V, Board, and Willis have provided a solid impact in the preseason, and David Sills seems to be a fan favorite to win the 6th spot. If it’s not here, Sills deserves a shot somewhere to use his abilities. He very well could be a diamond in the rough, just waiting for his opportunity to shine.