New York Giants 2024 Training Camp Preview: DB Kaleb Hayes


New York Giants 2024 Training Camp Preview: DB Kaleb Hayes

Defensive back Kaleb Hayes (43) participates in mandatory minicamp at TIAA Bank field.

The New York Giants may have some questions about the offensive and defensive sides of football to answer, but the most intriguing phase of the game will be special teams, where there seems to be a myriad of questions about what the makeup of the units will look like.


We can expect it to be filled with really athletic pieces. That’s where former Brigham Young University defensive back Kaleb Hayes comes in. He is yet another in a large group of Giants hoping to make enough of an impact to stay on the final roster.



Hayes’s path to an active roster spot will not be his performance as a defensive back. There are simply too many defensive backs on the roster who will need an abundance of reps throughout training camp and into the preseason for Hayes to have enough time to show he possesses the ability to usurp one of those incumbents.


Instead, he needs to focus on using his speed and explosiveness to be an effective gunner on the punt team and on kickoffs. Those are the places where he will generate the most opportunities to show what he can do in an unbiased situation more based on meritocracy than anywhere else on the roster.


In the end, it may not matter how impressive Hayes looks. Although his speed and explosiveness may look attractive, his performance will need to outshine other more established options or guys who may have a much higher team investment if he hopes to crack the roster.



This is a much more talented roster than it was two years ago, and sneaking on it will be much more difficult than it would have been in 2022.


It may also be much more difficult to secure a position on the practice squad when you consider all of the talent that will not make this team on both sides of the football.


Hayes needs to use this opportunity to try to get on the radar of another team or league and hope that if things do not work out with New York, he may have a soft landing elsewhere.

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