The start of June means the start of minicamp for each NFL franchise as players step out onto the practice field in pads for the first time since their respective seasons ended. This is an exciting time for fans and beat reporters since they’ll get their first look at the newly acquired free agents or talent picked up during the draft process. Up in East Rutherford, New Jersey, C.J. Conrad is making a name for himself.
The former four-year starter at tight end for the Wildcats went surprisingly undrafted, but it did not take long for the Giants to scoop him to a free agent deal. After just two days of practice, the Ohio native and former four-star recruit is making plays for the Giants. Conrad is rocking No. 47 for the G-Men and is doing damage in the red zone in addition to a one-handed catch in passing drills.
Conrad became the 28th player in UK program history to have over 1,000 yards receiving and was the first tight end since Jacob Tamme to reach that benchmark. His 12 career touchdown grabs are second most by a tight end in UK history and he earned All-SEC recognition after a strong junior season. It is no surprise to see him making moves at the next level. Some of the local beat reporters and national media are starting to take notice.
Star of minicamp practice #2 was undrafted TE C.J. Conrad out of Kentucky. He was catching passes left and right, including multiple TDs from Daniel Jones. Definitely a name to watch this summer. Pat Shurmur noted he’s one of young players that has “taken advantage” of his reps.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) June 5, 2019
CJ CONRAD IS THE NEW GRONNNNNNNNNNNNK
— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) June 5, 2019
The best part about this news is that the Giants haven’t even discovered the best attribute of Conrad’s game yet. At Kentucky, the tight end was an invaluable piece of Kentucky’s ground game as Eddie Gran used him all over the place to create running room. Conrad was used as an in-line tight end, pulled and use effective cut blocks on split zone concepts, and even contributed in pass blocking. He’s an unselfish player who can do a lot of things on the football field. At this point he has a great chance to make the roster at least the practice squad and a solid chance at the 53-man opening day roster.
Pretty good for an undrafted free agent. Things might have been a little different if he had passed that physical at the combine.