Tavarres King has rejoined the New York Giants ahead of their clash with the Denver Broncos on Sunday after they suffered a devastating loss to their receiving corps in week five.
The fifth-year player, who was with the Giants from 2015 until earlier this year, returns after the Big Blue saw four of their top receivers suffer major ankle injuries in their defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Giants lost second-year receiver Sterling Shepard and former Bronco Brandon Marshall on the same play late in the first half, with both ruled out at the half.
Their day got worse when free-agent acquisition Dwayne Harris went down in the third quarter to a fractured foot.
The gods were not smiling over New Jersey as superstar Odell Beckham Jr went down with a fractured ankle on a high slant pass with four minutes left in the contest before Eli Manning was sacked on the next play and the Chargers scored a go-ahead touchdown less than a minute later to condemn the Giants to a 29-22 defeat as they slump to 0-5 start for the first time since 2013.
The Giants have already moved Beckham Jr and Harris to injured reserve with both expected to have season-ending surgery, while Marshall posted on social media that he will also have surgery.
Shepard, who is the Giants’ second leading receiver this year, is being evaluated for an ankle sprain and is said to be “day to day”.
While many Giants fans immediately called for the return of Victor Cruz after he was released earlier this year after seven years in New York and failed to make the 53-man roster in Chicago, it was King, selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, who is the first piece of the puzzle as the Giants try to scrape together some receivers to see them through their Sunday Night Football showdown with the Broncos.
Before landing on the Giants’ practice squad in 2015, King spent time in Carolina, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.
He was active for the Broncos’ four preseason games in 2013, hauling in five catches for 64 yards with a long of 31 in the final game against Arizona, but he failed to make the final 53.
The Georgia native hasn’t had the most productive NFL career. He played in just two games for the Buccaneers with two catches for 13 yards.
King also posted two receptions for 50 yards in the 2016 regular season, with a long of 44 yards.
His only professional touchdown came in the NFC wildcard round last year when he hauled in a 41-yarder from Eli Manning in a defeat to Green Bay, finishing with three catches for 73 yards.
The Giants have also promoted receiver Travis Rudolph from their practice squad.
Rudolph, who was an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2017, handled some return duty and flashed in training camp earlier this year.
In Broncos news, linebacker Shane Ray (wrist) and tight end Jake Butt (knee) will return to practice next week, while Cody Latimer (knee) and Paxton Lynch (shoulder) are also progressing with their returns.