The Giants have signed a 26-year-old wide receiver who was a Pro Bowler with the Rams.
With the Giants’ passing and return game already hampered as a result of Monday night’s loss to the Chiefs, the organization has decided to add some reinforcement to both areas with one new addition. Pharoh Cooper, a former Rams wideout, was signed as a practice squad veteran on Wednesday, November 3rd.
Cooper, 26, was drafted in the fourth round by Los Angeles in 2016 after earning two first-team All-SEC honors at South Carolina. In 2019, he had his most productive receiving season in the NFL, hauling in 25 receptions for 243 yards with the Cardinals. Cooper’s true calling card, though, is as a return specialist. Cooper was named to the NFC Pro Bowl after finishing first in the NFL in return yard average (27.4) and second in return yards (949) in 2017. He was also one of only seven players in the NFL that season to return a kickoff for a touchdown, scoring from 103 yards out.
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Cooper will be joined on the practice squad by receiver Alex Bachman, who will be a familiar face. Bachman, like the newly re-signed David Sills, has become a fan favorite over his two training camps in East Rutherford, displaying a penchant for getting open on a consistent basis. Bachman went undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2019 after accumulating 1,162 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 82 receptions. During training camp, the Giants tried out the former Demon Deacon in the return game, despite the fact that he only had 14 (kickoff and punt) returns in his four years at Wake Forest.
Sterling Shepard may miss the entire bye week.
Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, and Dante Pettis all suffered injuries in the team’s Week 8 loss, prompting the acquisitions of Cooper and Bachman. Shepard is “expected to lose some time” with a quad injury, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, and could miss the rest of the season.
When healthy, the squad’s primary slot receiver has been near-perfect, leading the team with 32 receptions. Shepard, on the other hand, continues to be plagued by ailments… Nokia News – Quick Recap