TJ Jones
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New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones has his work cut out for him as he tries to make the final, 53-man roster.

One of the unsung options at the receiver position for the New York Giants, at least for this preseason, will be TJ Jones.

The veteran, who’s been in the league since 2014, is one of the new guys in town. He’ll have to showcase his abilities a little more than the rest of the receivers on the depth chart.

Through it all, Jones is embracing the process along with the opportunity he possesses ahead of him.

“I think that the opportunity when its presented you make it what you want it to,” Jones said Wednesday, per Scott Thompson of SNY. “If you come in leaving here, just a camp body then that’s what you put out on film. You won’t believe you have a shot so you won’t put your best foot forward, but if you come in with the mindset that I’m here to earn a spot, to earn a job whether it’s here to put out good film or if I were let go for someone else to see good film. That’s on you, so I came to make the best of the opportunity and to definitely not let the timing of it, kind of effect the way I approached it.”

Big Blue has already seen multiple setbacks prior to the regular season. Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb in July, Corey Coleman tore his ACL the same month, and Golden Tate recently lost his four-game suspension appeal. This means Jones has an even clearer lane to impress coaches and get his mind right.

“I’m keeping my head down and focusing on what I can control and making sure that I do everything right and then when the time comes, the coaches and front office will make their moves or whatever adjustments they need to make,” Jones said.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.