ATLANTA — Donte Deayon, a long shot when he made the Giants’ roster, now is in the Super Bowl. The diminutive cornerback is a member of the Rams’ practice squad and thus has been in town all week, practicing as his team prepared for Super Bowl LIII.
“It’s been amazing,’’ Deayon said. “These dudes truly are together, playing for each other, the coaching staff to the players, the relationships feel genuine and just at a lot of things they’re putting together and keeping together in that building that’s just different.’’
Deayon, undrafted out of Boise State, made the Giants’ practice squad in 2016. He played in four games for the Giants in 2017 and four more in 2018 before he was waived in October to make room on the roster for receiver Bennie Fowler. Deayon was then signed to the Rams’ practice squad.
“I felt I’d get another shot but to be honest, I didn’t know when,’’ Deayon said. “It came this year in the same year, six, seven weeks later. I’m blessed.’’
Deayon, 25, was a popular, upbeat presence around the Giants, befriending since-retired corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and always lightening the mood. He said he still is in touch with many of his former teammates.
“They’re going to be good going forward,’’ Deayon said. “I don’t have many comments about them.’’
In practice this week, Deayon said he worked on the scout team mimicking Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Earlier in the playoffs, Deayon switched to offense and ran routes pretending he was Cowboys slot receiver Cole Beasley.
“Giving them some shifty looks,’’ Deayon said of his own defense.
“Hey, we’re here,’’ Deayon said. “I’m basking, soaking it all up, enjoying every moment.’’