CLEVELAND — When he was informed the information by defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, Matt Cole had a right away response.
“I used to be like ‘It’s too early to be taking part in video games, man,’ ’’ Cole recalled Sunday.
Cole additionally stated this to Henderson: “You may’t be for actual.’’
The response from Henderson?
This was Saturday morning and the information was this: Cole, a first-year extensive receiver going through lengthy odds to make the Giants roster, was going for use on protection. As a cornerback. In an actual, reside preseason sport. And that’s what occurred because the Giants misplaced to the Browns 17-13 at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday.
“We seemed on the quantity of fellows that we had been going to play, we knew depth in some unspecified time in the future was going to be a problem, we knew it was going to be sizzling,’’ head coach Joe Decide stated. “We circled and stated ‘Let’s let Matt go on the market. Let’s see what he’s acquired.’ ’’
Because it turned out, Cole gained the admiration of his teammates, in addition to of Decide, for what he was capable of deal with in an admittedly overseas scenario.
“I’m happy with the best way Matt competed,’’ Decide stated.
Cole didn’t catch a move on offense and acquired roughed up a bit on a 15-yard kickoff return. The plan was to make use of him on protection, though he had not performed cornerback since his highschool days in Chicago. When defensive backs Madre Harper and Quincy Wilson each left the sphere with accidents, the Giants had no selection however to stay Wilson — carrying No. 83 — in at nook.
The Browns and quarterback Kyle Lauletta — a former Giants draft decide — didn’t goal Cole instantly. He appeared to get beat deep by receiver Davion Davis however the move was overthrown. Most impressively, on a 3rd down, Connor Davis caught a move for a 6-yard achieve and Cole — all 5-foot-10 and 197 kilos — caught his shoulder down and tackled the 6-foot-8, 271-pound tight finish wanting a primary down.
“That was actually superb,’’ security Julian Love stated. “He was actually aggressive, he was placing his hat on the ball. All of the respect for what he did for us. We had been fired up, he wasn’t taking part in passive and in a scenario like that it’s straightforward to fall again. However he went at it.’’
Cole, 24, went undrafted out of Division II McKendree College and kicked round with the Dolphins, 49ers and Jets earlier than the Giants claimed him off waivers this month. When he went in on protection, the Giants mainly had a 10-man huddle, whereas Cole acquired particular directions from the sideline, so far as protection and alignment assignments.
“I don’t wish to toot my very own horn, however I don’t assume a receiver caught a ball on my aspect,’’ Cole stated.
When somebody joked to him “Cole Island’’ he had a fast correction.
“Cole World,’’ he stated. “I feel I did fairly good.’’