During his freshman season at Florida in 2015, Antonio Callaway was an All-American return man. During his sophomore season in 2016, he was the team’s leading receiver. And then he was kicked off the team for a series of off-field incidents before his junior season.
Now Callaway is hoping that in 2018, NFL teams will look past those off-field incidents and look at what he’s capable of doing on the field.
He has hit 44 percent from deep, third in the league. Run him off the arc, and Porter is comfortable improvising a pick-and-roll and pulling up for a smooth midranger.
He’s shooting 52 on long 2-pointers. Pressure that shot, and Porter scoots in for a teardrop; he’s shooting 41 percent from floater range, a tidy mark, per Cleaning The Glass.
He runs the floor. He cuts behind defenses. He has just enough post-up game to punish teams who hide little guys on him. Failing that, Porter might bum-rush inside for offensive rebounds.
Players with contracts of that size aren’t usually competing for starting jobs because teams usually aren’t happy with their current options. That was certainly the case with the Giants as Ereck Flowers has failed to establish himself on the left side since the Giants made him the ninth overall pick of the 2015 draft.
Flowers will be moving to the right side to compete for the starting job at tackle and coach Pat Shurmur discussed the move at this week’s league meetings.
“The right-tackle, left-tackle thing in itself, you got to protect both edges, and it comes down to the matchup of the rushers a lot of times,” Shurmur said, via the New York Post. “There are some guys their whole careers have played on the right or the left, so a move like that would be difficult. But most often because these guys were not just born starters, they’ve had to move around up front, and we’re very confident he’ll have success over there.”
The Giants were bad across the offensive line last season so a strong transition for Flowers would wind up making them better at two spots as they try to erase the stench of their 3-13 season.