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Is the competition for Giants’ punt return job over?

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 Maybe not When Hunter Sharp returned a perfectly blocked punt 55 yards for a touchdown on Friday against the New York Jets there was a natural tendency to assume that Sharp Color Rush Curtis Riley Jersey , in competition for that role with Kalif Raymond, had just put down his marker and won the job. After Friday’s game Sharp was asked that question directly. Did he think he had won the job when he stiff-armed the last Jets defender and galloped into the end zone? Sharp didn’t want to admit that the thought crossed his mind, but his answer revealed that it pretty much did.“I don’t want to say anything, but I think I’ve put my best foot forward, and I’m just going to keep working,” Sharp said. Well ... maybe Sharp did win the job. Then again, there is another player who made a pretty convincing case Friday. And Sharp did leave an opening.Sharp’s rough night as a receiver — two drops and an apparent miscommunication with Eli Manning on a potential touchdown — put a damper on Sharp’s evening.“It’s honestly hard for me even to be happy about the touchdown because I have high expectations for myself,” Sharp said, thinking about his drops. “Honestly, I just have to bounce back and keep working.”Sharp’s drops may also have kept the door open for the guy who lockers next to him, Kalif Raymond. The two 24-year-olds are similar players, both wide receivers/kick and punt returners. They could easily be competing for one roster spot, though it is conceivable that both the 5-11, 198-pound Sharp and the 5-9, 160-pound Raymond could make the final roster.While Sharp’s touchdown and total of three returns for 80 yards (26.7 yards per return) were getting all the attention, Raymond also had a nice night returning punts. He had a 35-yard return and averaged 16.3 yards on four returns.I spoke to Raymond Friday after the crowd around Sharp had dissipated. He admitted that the two had been talking about the belief that they hadn’t made enough plays during the first two preseason games.“We haven’t been playing fast enough,” Raymond said. “We made a decision to play fast, let our worries go and just ball. I think it showed a little bit.”While it might have made it more difficult for him to win a job, Raymond enjoyed Sharp’s return for a touchdown.“As a returner that’s what you want Youth Odell Beckham Jr Jersey , make one cut and go,” Raymond said. “It was perfectly set up for him. “That was awesome.”Return Game ComparisonPlayerPunt ReturnsAvg.LongTDsKickoff ReturnsAvg.LongPlayerPunt ReturnsAvg.LongTDsKickoff ReturnsAvg.LongRaymond believes he still has an opportunity to win the job.“I’m being confident, being patient with it and everything will sort itself out,” he said on Friday, pointing out that other teams are also watching.Raymond is looking forward to getting an extended chance on Thursday night in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots.“The fourth preseason game, that’s the tale of all tales, man, that will allow me to go out there and play and show my abilities for four quarters,” Raymond said. “I can’t wait to see what happens.”If this were a horse race, Sharp would appear to have the advantage heading around the final turn. Thursday night, we find out if there is anything Raymond can do to change that coming down the stretch. Davis Webb was just as surprised as everyone else when he was cut by the Giants.The second-year quarterback wasn't out of a job for long, though. And, he's ready to move forward with the Jets, who signed him to their practice squad Tuesday."You never see it coming," Webb said after his first practice with his new team. "I think everybody was kind of shocked. At the same time, they made a decision. I don't have to agree with it. But I'm excited to be here and just be the best teammate I can be and just continue to grow."Webb was the Giants' third-round pick in last year's draft, but was surprisingly waived Sunday during final roster cuts . The Giants initially had four quarterbacks on their roster before cutting Webb and keeping rookie Kyle Lauletta and veteran Alex Tanney as backups to Eli Manning.Webb didn't play in a regular-season game last season and was inconsistent this summer in three preseason games."I didn't need a reason," he said. "They made a decision. I didn't agree with it. I don't think many people did, especially my teammates. At the same time Color Rush Patrick Omameh Jersey , I've moved on and I wish them nothing but the best."Webb added that he had an "emotional conversation" with Manning when he was cut after growing close last season.To make room on the practice squad Tuesday, the Jets released quarterback John Wolford.The former Wake Forest star signed with the Jets in August as an undrafted free agent, played the bulk of the preseason finale at Philadelphia and was waived as New York made its final cuts. He was signed to the practice squad Monday.Once Webb was available, the Jets were among the first teams to contact him about an opportunity with them."I felt like this was the best decision for me," Webb said. "They showed a lot of interest and I felt wanted. I'm excited to be here. There's no doubt about that. I get to keep my house, too."After three years at Texas Tech, Webb transferred to Cal and played one season there. He had a terrific season for the Golden Bears while throwing for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdown passes, and was selected the MVP of the Senior Bowl."He was somebody we looked at coming out (of college)," coach Todd Bowles said. "To have him available and be able to work with him on the practice squad is something that intrigued us about him, with the size and the arm."Webb ended up being the fifth quarterback drafted last year and appeared to be a potential future replacement for Manning.But the Giants, with a new general manager in Dave Gettleman and coach in Pat Shurmur, drafted Lauletta in the fourth round. Davis' future with the franchise then became murky with his uneven preseason during which he was 28 of 53 for 283 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions."I wouldn't say ticked off," Webb said when asked if that's how he felt about the Giants' decision. "I think that's kind of a trick question. I think you have to earn it every single day in this league. I have another opportunity, and I'm excited to be the best quarterback I can be and just continue to grow."Webb joins a Jets offense that has some familiar faces. He got to know offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates while preparing for the NFL draft in 2016.Webb also met quarterback Sam Darnold when the Jets rookie starter was a junior in high school and attending an Elite 11 camp — where Webb was a counselor."I knew he could spin it then," Webb said with a smile. "A few years later, everybody knows he can spin it."

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