Ramses Barden is officially on the clock.
The wide receiver participated in practice -- in a limited capacity -- on Monday and is off of the PUP list. The Giants have three weeks to activate him.
Barden had just five receptions for 64 yards in three games last year but got significant playing time against Dallas last Nov. 14 and responded with three catches for 34 yards before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
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If he can make an effective return, Barden will add depth at wide receiver and could prove to be an effective red zone tool for offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. He is, after all, he is 6-6.
"I know what I'm capable of, so I'm excited to show you guys too," he said, addressing Giants fans.
After going through limited drills on Monday, Barden is optimistic about playing Sunday against Miami.
“I’m preparing myself mentally and physically as if not only am I going to play but I’m going to contribute,” he said.
Preparing to play and actually playing are two different things. And it’s unlikely that the coaching staff will use Barden much on Sunday, if at all.
He hasn’t played competitive football in nearly a year.
Still, he had every reason to be excited about returning to the practice field on Monday.
“People always say, ‘Kid in a candy store,’ ” Barden said. “[Well] I felt like I was in a bank vault without security cameras. That’s how much fun I had today. Even just this morning in meetings, I’m jittery and jumping around and everybody’s like, ‘Relax.’
“I’m just happy to be back with the guys and feel like I’m apart of the team.”