The Top Five Seasons by New York Giants Receivers

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The Top Five Seasons by New York Giants Receivers
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Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants, set the franchise record for reception yards this year.

For a team as steeped in history as the Giants, it doesn't have a long history of spectacular receivers. At its best, Big Blue has been a pound-it-out team with a bulldozing running game and player-shattering defense.

Only recently, with Eli Manning and Kerry Collins under center, have Giants receivers started accumulating impressive statistics. But do bigger numbers mean modern-day players are better than their historical counterparts?

It is more difficult to compare modern-day NFL players with their predecessors than it is with players in other sports. That's because the NFL has changed from a game that took place almost entirely on the ground to a game where teams cannot become elite without a better-than-average quarterback.

So just because Steve Smith had more receiving yards in 2009 than Homer Jones in 1967 doesn't mean Smith had the better season. In 1967, receiving yards were harder to come by.

I scored the Giants' top five receivers by dividing their receiving yards in a season by the yards of the league leaders and multiplied by 1,000. 

Admittedly, it's not a perfect system, but it is the simplest way to adjust players' numbers by era and season.

One more note: Amani Toomer, widely regarded as one of the top receivers in Giants history does not appear on this list. He had the misfortune of performing at his best during the best seasons of another all-time great: Marvin Harrison. When Toomer set what was then the Giants record of 1,343 reception yards in 2002, Marvin Harrison had 1,722. That score put him at 779, just outside the top-five.

With that, click below to see the top five single-season performances by New York Giants wide receivers, adjusted by year.

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