After a stellar showing in the preseason, head coach Ben McAdoo must have receiver Tavarres King on the New York Giants final roster to send a message to his team.
Earning the respect of a football team can be a daunting task for any rookie head coach. At age 39, only four years older than starting quarterback Eli Manning, that task for New York Giants new head man Ben McAdoo is likely even more difficult.
However, veteran wide receiver Tavarres King has given McAdoo has a golden opportunity to send a very clear message to his locker room right out of the gate.
Currently on his fifth team since 2013, the journeyman King has put himself in a great position to make the Giants final roster. During the preseason he’s lead the Giants in receiving yards (126), catches (seven), and receiving touchdowns (three). The speedy King has also added two carries for 28 yards, proving to be an efficient dual threat player.
King’s speed is electric and his feet are incredibly shifty. Once he gets the football in his hands he is always a threat to score. This hasn’t been an anomaly throughout the preseason either, he’s been making these kinds of plays all summer long.
???…..? @TKUnoDos at it again pic.twitter.com/DheDGYae7Q
— Tommy Aldrich (@AldrichTommy) August 18, 2016
Giants: Tavarres King slipping by defenders! #GiantsCamp pic.twitter.com/QalluclthR
— New York Giants News (@NYGNEWS1) August 10, 2016
If his 59-yard catch and run touchdown against the New England Patriots in the Giants’ preseason finale wasn’t enough to lock up his roster spot, Ben McAdoo will have messed up big time.
.@TKUnoDos is fast.
If you didn't know, now you know.#NEvsNYGhttps://t.co/xNiY221EAP
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 2, 2016
Many players who make it to an NFL training camp have no shot of making the team and King was one of the players many thought of as simply a camp body. Yet, King showed up for the Giants and McAdoo knows it. Showing his team that handwork and production will be rewarded is an excellent first impression for an NFL head coach to make.