New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur believes rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine is “making progress” through training camp.
One of the more underrated rookies on the New York Giants is sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine. The former Washburn University cornerback will work with additional rookie defensive backs DeAndre Baker and Julian Love in order to get acclimated to James Bettcher’s defense.
And despite Ballentine having a long way to go before becoming a starter in this league, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur says he’s “getting better” as training camp rolls on.
Pat Shurmur says Corey Ballentine is "doing more good things than bad.” #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/2zCrnimcHo
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) July 31, 2019
Shurmur spoke on the interception that Ballentine made in Tuesday’s indoor practice as well.
“[Tuesday] he made a really nice play on the seam ball,” Shurmur said. “That’s what you expect. If you get your hands on the ball, finish it like he did. That was excellent, that was a terrific play. And then he had another pass breakup later.”
Shurmur made it known that Ballentine’s performance wasn’t all positives on Tuesday, as he still has work to put in.
“But then early in practice, he gave up a slant,” Shurmur said. “So as we go through it, we watch it all and grade it all, and he’s definitely, definitely making progress and doing more good things than bad.”
Shurmur also noted that Ballentine is an option at the kick returner spot, per Dan Salomone of the Giants official website.
Coach Shurmur says CB Corey Ballentine is a possibility at kickoff returner. He also likes what he’s doing on defense, including an INT yesterday and another PD.
— Dan Salomone (@Dan_Salomone) July 31, 2019
The Giants continue their second week of training camp on Wednesday. They won’t play their first preseason game until Aug. 8 when they take on the New York Jets.