Fowler is a steady, unspectacular veteran
In what is a crowded, competitive field at wide receiver for the New York Giants does veteran Bennie Fowler have a realistic chance at securing a spot on the 53-man roster? Let’s talk about Fowler as we continue profiling players on the 90-man roster the Giants will be bringing to training camp.
Position: Wide receiver
How he got here
After four seasons with the Denver Broncos during which he amassed 56 receptions, Fowler couldn’t find an NFL job at the beginning of the 2018 season. He was signed, then cut by both the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.
Fowler was signed by the Giants on Oct. 15, one day before they placed his former Denver teammate, Cody Latimer, on injured reserve with a severe hamstring pull.
Fowler played in 10 games for the Giants, catching 16 passes in 27 targets for 199 yards (12.4 yards per catch) and one touchdown. He also proved to be a willing run blocker, something we know is important to coach Pat Shurmur.
Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are the starters. Latimer and Corey Coleman are probably, at least right now, the third and fourth wide receivers. Russell Shepard is an experienced receiver and valuable special teams contributor. Darius Slayton is a draft pick. Reggie White Jr. and Alex Wesley are intriguing undrafted free agents. Veteran free agent Brittan Golden has six years of NFL experience.
There isn’t a whole lot of room at the inn.
Perhaps the best thing Fowler has going for him is that he seems like a solid, dependable pro — something Shurmur and Dave Gettleman seem to value.
With the squeeze at his position, though, Fowler is going to have his hands full earning a spot on the 53-man roster.