EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After lighting up the NFL in the preseason, New York Giants and former Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington likely knew it would take some time to get in the swing of things in the regular season.
The North Charleston native was targeted on a pass in the end zone in a Giants' loss to the Lions on the first week of the season, but playing time had been sparse since then.
Last night, Washington got into the game as the Giants faced a large deficit against Indianapolis on ESPN's Monday Night Football. He proceeded to make the most of his time on screen with a great drive.
Washington caught four passes for 48 yards, wrapping up the drive with his first career regular season touchdown reception - a 1-yard grab from Eli Manning over Colts' cornerback Josh Gordy.
Washington becomes the second Newberry alumnus to catch a touchdown pass in the NFL, following in the footsteps of Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick, who caught a touchdown pass last season.
In other NFL action, former Newberry College safety Ron Parker has been a standout in the secondary for the Kansas City Chiefs this season. He ranks second on the Chiefs' roster with 40 total tackles, including 35 solo stops.
He also has a sack and is one of four Chiefs with an interception. Both of those plays came in Kansas City's win over St. Louis two weeks ago. Following an injury to all-pro safety Eric Berry, Parker moved into the starting role for the Chiefs at strong safety.
Parker was an All-American safety at Newberry, but had been converted to a cornerback in each of his stops in the NFL. He had 7 tackles against the Jets this week along with a pass breakup this week.
Parker has started the last six Chiefs' games at strong safety, playing nearly every defensive snap. As a starter he has notched 27 tackles, three passes defensed, an interception, a quarterback hurry and a sack.
The aforementioned Brandon Bostick has always faced stiff competition at tight end in his three seasons as part of the Green Bay organization. A leg injury late in the preseason did him no favors this season.
With that being said, Bostick has still forced his way into the lineup and had one reception for 2 yards against the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago. Despite not putting up big receiving numbers, Bostick has still played in seven games post-injury this season.
NEWBERRY IN THE NFL THIS WEEK
Sunday, November 9
1 p.m. - Kansas City at Buffalo, CBS
4:25 p.m. - New York Giants at Seattle, FOX
8:30 p.m. - Chicago at Green Bay, NBC