Training Camp Roster Preview: DL Jake Ceresna

Patricia Traina


Ceresna went undrafted in 2016 but was offered a tryout with the Chiefs during their rookie minicamp that year.

After not catching on with the Chiefs, he ended up in the Jets training camp, but his dream of sticking around ended prematurely when he suffered a high ankle sprain that landed him on injured reserve.

He was then released with an injury settlement before taking his game to the CFL.

After two successful seasons in the CFL, Ceresna was signed by the Giants to a reserve/futures contract after the 2018 season ended.

Looking Ahead

On a first glance, Ceresna's odds of making the Giants don't look particularly impressive.

However, if general manager Dave Gettleman gets his wish, the team will carry between seven and eight defensive linemen for their front so that they have a healthy rotation of bodies that will help keep the defensive charge fresh late in the game.

Ceresna, nicknamed "White Lightning," has good athleticism (he's been known to do cartwheels after getting sacks) and speed.

Although his listed 291-pound weight is a bit heavy for an end, he moves well for a man his size and has developed some pass rush moves that, if he can execute on this level consistently, that might earn him more than a passing thought.