Looking for a candidate in the slot? The Giants drafted one this spring.
No, not Jerrel Jernigan. Think later in the draft. Think a different position.
One of the names that Tom Coughlin casually mentioned as a possibility at the position earlier this week was Da’Rel Scott. The rookie running back from Maryland, a seventh-round pick, showed some explosive speed with long TD runs in the preseason.
Today Scott said that he has, in fact, been playing some in that position. It’s mostly on scout teams to help the defense, but Scott figures there is another motive to having him line up there.
“That’s something that I think they’re thinking about,” he said. “I think they’re trying to do it to see how I look at it. We’ll see how it goes.”
Scott is a running back, but he’s also 5-10 and 210 pounds which is probably a good size for a slot receiver. In the preseason game against the Patriots, Scott was even lined up wide on at least one play.
There are still a lot of players to hurdle before Scott starts getting reps with the actual offense or even gets on the field in a game. Domenik Hixon, Victor Cruz, and certainly Jernigan will be given opportunities before he is. But Scott sounded excited about the possibility of making a slight adjustment to his job description.
Can this be his niche?
“I really think so,” he said. “Give me an open space. I can catch out of the backfield, that’s something they know I can do. So if I can get in the slot and help the team, that’s something I’d be willing to do.”