Kelvin Benjamin wasn’t the only notable NFL veteran to propel a solid tryout showing into a contract this weekend. The New York Giants have announced the signing of former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement. The 26-year-old was among Big Blue’s five tryout players over the team’s three-day rookie minicamp.
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Clement, a New Jersey native, spent the first four seasons of his pro career in Philly flashing an enticing dual-threat skillset. In 46 career games, he accumulated 655 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 163 attempts, while adding another 340 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 37 receptions.
Clement’s biggest claim to fame dates back to his rookie season when the Wisconsin product amassed 108 total yards in Super Bowl LII. His 22-yard touchdown reception was a pivotal turning point in helping the Eagles edge out the New England Patriots, 41-33. Clement’s career-high 100 yards receiving on the night was the fourth-highest total by a rookie in Super Bowl History and the third-most by a running back — regardless of experience.
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Clement Outdueled Ex-Falcons RB Ito Smith for Roster Spot
While Clement ultimately showed enough to land himself a deal, it didn’t come without a little competition. Ex-Falcons running back Ito Smith was also among the Giants’ tryout players over the weekend. A former fourth-round pick, Smith supplanted both Brian Hill and former NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley in Atlanta’s running back pecking order over the final six weeks of last season. From Week 12 on, Smith rushed the ball 50 times for 222 yards (4.4 ypc. average).
By most accounts, the competition between both Smith and Clement was neck and neck following the first day of rookie minicamp.
“Running backs Ito Smith and Corey Clement, here as tryouts, both looked pretty good,” USA Today’s Art Stapleton tweeted. “Each showed shiftiness in passing drills. I’d imagine one of them gets signed to the #NYGiants 90-man roster by the end of the weekend. We’ll see.”
However, Clement began to separate himself on the second day.
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