Giants new receiver: ‘Hard Knocks’ scene started bad path

Maybe the fourth time is the charm for Corey Coleman.

Coleman’s strange 2018 season took another turn Thursday, as the former first-round pick was put on the Giants’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

The 15th-overall pick in the 2016 draft was traded by Cleveland to Buffalo in August for just a 2020 seventh-rounder. Coleman was quickly cut by the Bills and then landed in New England last month, but he was there less than a week before Josh Gordon’s arrival led to his placement on the Patriots’ practice squad.

New England released Coleman before the Giants picked him up last week and put him on their practice squad.

Coleman admitted his reputation has taken a hit, starting with a rough showing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during Cleveland’s preseason.

“They didn’t show everything,’’ Coleman said of the program, which showed him requesting a trade from the Browns. “To certain people, I probably do look bad. But I’m past that. I’m moving forward and hopefully people can see the real version of me.”

The Giants have dealt with injuries at wide receiver, but now have seven receivers on the 53-man roster.

“We’ll try to get him up to speed,’’ head coach Pat Shurmur said of the 24-year-old Baylor product, who had 56 catches for 718 yards in 2016 and 2017. “First, obviously, he’ll help on special teams, then we’ll try to get him some offensive sets, as well.’’

Asked what his role might be, Coleman said, “Wherever the coach wants me. … Sometimes you’ve got to put your ego to the side.”

Coleman wasn’t the only addition to the active roster Thursday, as the Giants also signed CB Tony Lippett.

Lippett will help fill the void left by the trade of Eli Apple to New Orleans — and also took Apple’s No. 24. The 26-year-old is coming off a torn Achilles that cost him last season after he played in all 16 games with Miami two seasons ago.

The move reunites Lippett with Giants DB coach Lou Anarumo, who worked with him in Miami.

“He’s sort of been on our radar,’’ Shurmur said of Lippett, who worked out for the Giants earlier in the year. “We think he’s back. We’ll have a chance to take a good look at him.”

Lippett had four interceptions in 2016 and Shurmur said he was impressed with his “excellent ball skills.”

LB Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and WR Jawill Davis (concussion) sat out Thursday. … Safety A.J. Howard signed to practice squad.

LB Ray-Ray Armstrong signed with Cleveland on Thursday. Armstrong was waived by the Giants on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring injury.

The Giants will receive the better of Detroit’s two fifth-round picks in the trade that sent Damon Harrison to the Lions, since the Lions also have a pick from San Francisco.

Nate Holder has struggled in his first season with the Giants, but offensive coordinator Mike Shula said he thought the former Patriots lineman has “played some really good football. But like a lot of us, we all want to be more consistent.”

The Giants’ comeback attempt in Atlanta on Monday ended when they failed to recover a pooch kick after their final touchdown.

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey called recovering any onside kick “a 10 percent play, anyway. It’s like hitting the lottery … the ball hopefully takes a funny hop back toward you.”

Shurmur called the Giants’ inability to score touchdowns when they get in the red zone “glaring.”

“When we get down there, we’ve got to score points,’’ the head coach said.

He also didn’t rule out going more up-tempo, pointing to his time on Chip Kelly’s staff with the Eagles.

“We majored in it [in Philadelphia], so it’s in our DNA to do it,’’ Shurmur said. “I think it’s something Eli [Manning] is good at.”

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