Giants sleeper WR could be a roster lock after huge preseason outing

New York Giants, Alex Bachman - Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants, Alex Bachman - Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports /

New York GiantsThe preseason is a great opportunity for players on the back end of a 90-man roster to go out and make an impression, maybe even steal somebody’s roster spot. For wide receiver Alex Bachman, a huge preseason performance like we saw against the Cincinnati Bengals was three years in the making. Bachman put forth one of the most impressive individual efforts of the entire NFL preseason so far in a Giants victory.

Wait a second — who in the world is Alex Bachman?

Over the last two years, Bachman has appeared in four games for the New York Giants and has made an impact as a return specialist for them. He played his college ball at Wake Forest and was an undrafted player back in the class of 2019. He was originally signed as an undrafted player by the Los Angeles Rams, where he competed the whole 2019 offseason before getting waived in late August.

Since the 2019 season, Bachman has been up and down on and off the Giants’ active roster and practice squad, but he might not have to be on the shuttle anymore in 2022. What he showed against the Cincinnati Bengals could earn him a 53-man roster spot, with the Giants or someone else.

Alex Bachman has monster preseason game for the New York Giants

Bachman finished with 11 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. At the age of 26, we might be starting to see Bachman carving out a role for himself in the Giants’ offense with Brian Daboll as the team’s head coach. Daboll said after the Giants’ win that Bachman has done the right things every single day for this team and that he appreciates Bachman’s work ethic.

More opportunities are on the way for Bachman after this great performance against the Bengals. At this point, it would be shocking if he wasn’t part of somebody’s roster, whether that’s the Giants or someone else around the NFL. Teams undoubtedly took notice of what he did as a receiver against the Bengals but Bachman has plenty of special teams experience as well.

At this stage of his NFL journey, the time is now for Bachman to get a shot at playing his most significant regular season action yet. The Giants featured him in this particular preseason game so there’s no doubt that he’ll be getting looks from other teams if he can’t crack New York’s wide receiver rotation.