Some not so great news coming out of East Rutherford (NJ) last week. Six players were waived by the team, including two former Kentucky Wildcats.
Both C.J. Conrad and Derrick Baity were waived by the New York Giants. They will now have to pivot and find another opportunity to make a 53-man roster.
After this announcement, it will be increasingly challenging to do so, but other opportunities could arise. Each guy has good size and brings something different to the table, so they should get another chance or two.
Conrad found himself in a similar position last year when he went undrafted but was signed by the Giants before ultimately being let go and sent to the practice squad in August of 2019. He was released all together just a few weeks later.
During his time in Lexington, the buzz around Conrad’s ability to play NFL football was always there. His offensive game wasn’t necessarily showcased, but his blocking ability and other intangibles that he brought to the game were instrumental in winning football games and transforming UK into the respected SEC program that it is today.
During his career at Kentucky, Conrad accumulated 80 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Those 12 scores rank second all-time among tight-ends at the University of Kentucky.
Baity, on the other hand, spent time with the Houston Texans last year but was added to the Giant practice squad back in November of 2019. Known as an ironman of sorts, Baity never missed a game in 51 games at UK, starting in 41 of them. His career stats included 148 tackles, six tackles for loss, and six interceptions.