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Corey Washington looking forward to facing Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver Corey Washington of the Giants celebrates

Wide receiver Corey Washington of the Giants celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Alex Trautwig

From the day he arrived with the Giants this spring, Corey Washington has been looking forward to Sunday's game. The receiver was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Cardinals but unceremoniously waived 10 days later before signing with the Giants. Since then he's made it his goal to be on the field to face his former team no matter how brief the connection was.

So now that the game is here, is it hard to believe it?

"It's hard to believe I'm actually in the NFL period," Washington told Newsday on Thursday. "I'm ready to go out there Sunday and have fun and play those guys that I was with when I first came into the NFL. It's going to be fun."

Washington tore it up in preseason games, catching four touchdown passes -- three of them game-winners -- and earning a spot on the 53-man roster despite hailing from tiny Division II Newberry College. He even had a chance to score a touchdown in the opener on Monday night. With the Giants facing first-and-goal from the 1, he was sent onto the field, split wide right, and Eli Manning threw a fade to him and his 6-foot-4 reach.

"Unreal," he said of not only having a play designed for him but having it called in a key situation. "It was unreal. He called my number and I went to make a play on the ball."

He didn't catch it. "It was close," he said.

Maybe it was meant to be. Maybe Washington is destined to make his first regular-season NFL reception or even catch his first NFL touchdown against what was his first NFL team.

"Hopefully," he said with a big smile. "If I get my number called I won't drop the ball again."

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