New York Giants rookie Jake Carlock believes the effort aspect is what will help him in his quest to make the final roster.
New York Giants rookie Jake Carlock has a long way to go to make the final 53-man roster. The former LIU Post defensive back went undrafted and will have to prove to everyone during camp and in preseason what he’s made of.
He’s not the most talented guy on the field, so Carlock is aware of the fact that he’ll just have to outwork everyone in order to get the coaches’ attention.
“I think for me, it’s all about effort,” Carlock said after the Giants’ first preseason game last Thursday against the New York Jets, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I’m not the biggest. I’m not the strongest. I’m not the fastest, but I can only control how fast I can go. So, every play, I’m going to give it 100 percent.”
Carlock finished his first NFL game with one sack and one 59-yard pick-six. He batted a pass at the line of scrimmage from former Giants quarterback Davis Webb back to himself. Carlock sprinted away from defenders and the rest is history.
“On that play, I was just trying to get the tackle and make a play,” Carlock said. “I saw, I think it was Webb, drop back. I saw his eye. I saw when the ball left his hands and I just got my hands on it and tracked it in. I took off running and tried not to get caught.
“I know as a defender, once you get a pick, you never want to get hawked down from behind. So, I was running as fast as I could. After I scored and was celebrating, I couldn’t even catch my breath. It was a good time.”
Carlock is a versatile weapon for the Giants defense. Having played defensive back in college, it seems that Big Blue can use him in other roles as well. The rookie was playing the defensive end position when the pick-six occurred.