Likely finished shopping for starters, the Giants have entered the phase of free agency in which they begin to accumulate quality depth. On Monday they added two experienced skill players who probably won’t be starters but who could have a big impact on the field.
Wide receiver Corey Coleman and running back Dion Lewis both agreed to terms on contracts, a source confirmed. For Coleman, it’s another chance to jumpstart his career with the Giants after a torn ACL on the first day of training camp last summer derailed that opportunity in 2019. For Lewis, it’s a reunion with new head coach Joe Judge from their time together with the Patriots.
Coleman is a former first-round pick of the Browns who bounced to the Bills and Patriots before the Giants signed him to their practice squad in 2018. He soon was promoted to the active roster and played in eight games that season. He led the Giants with 23 kickoff returns for 598 yards (26 yards per return), with a long of 51. Coleman also had five receptions for 71 yards, one rushing attempt for 5 yards, and one punt return for 19 yards. He seemed poised to play a big role with the receiving corps and special teams units last season until his knee injury.
Coleman, 25, likely will compete to be a backup receiver with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate the projected starters, and as a returner this coming season.
Lewis, 29, will give the Giants an experienced running back behind Saquon Barkley. He has played seven NFL seasons for Philadelphia, New England (where he played in two Super Bowls), and the last two seasons in Tennessee as the backup to Derrick Henry. He has started 27 of 86 regular-season games and rushed for 2,310 yards and 11 touchdowns on 538 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and caught 172 passes for 1,281 yards and seven scores.