Tom Coughlin praised Ramses Barden for his work on the Giants scout team on Thursday.
Barden and Michael Clayton were asked to mimic Miami receiver Brandon Marshall.
"It was good to have him in there because he and Clayton can wear that number 19," Coughlin said.
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If and when Barden takes the leap from the Giants' practice field to MetLife Stadium, look for him to contribute as a slot receiver.
"The last game [before] he got injured he was [in the slot] and he caught the ball very well. He got open, more importantly. I knew he’d catch the ball, but he got open," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who acknowldged that the 6-6, 225-pound Barden is not a typical slot receiver. "He showed the courage and sophistication of route running. When he had his chance that day he played well."
Barden had just five receptions for 64 yards in three games last year but got significant playing time against Dallas last Nov. 14, responding with three catches for 34 yards before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
The third-year wideout was limited in all three practices this week. After his first practice on Monday, Barden was 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.
But Gilbride cautioned that Barden's expectations -- and the expectations of Barden -- should be tempered.
"He had one game in two years so to think all of a sudden now it’s Jerry Rice is unfair to the kid. That’s not fair. But that one game he got hurt, unfortunately, was a good game," Gilbride said.
Of course, getting Barden in the game takes away snaps from one of the Giants' three regular wideouts -- Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks.
"Who are you going to take out? Who are you going to sit down?" Gilbride asks. "It’s like anything else, [Barden has] to earn the chance and you do that by what he’s doing in practice.... He is working hard. He is a bright kid. I think he is going to come along and when a chance presents itself we’ll tap into him and see what he does."