With training camp fast approaching, the battle for the Giants' No. 3 receiver spot should be starting to heat up, and with Hakeem Nicks still out after breaking his foot in May, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for some other guys to step up.
One of the other guys is fourth year receiver Ramses Barden. Barden is in the last year of his rookie contract and with Nicks out and Mario Manningham taking his talents to San Francisco, every guy will be given plenty of chances to prove what he can do and Barden should be taking full advantage of every one.
However, the road to more playing time won't be easy. With guys like Domenik Hixon and rookie Rueben Randle getting a lot of attention, Barden will have to pick up his level of play if he wants to see the field more. This is the first offseason that he has been completely healthy for the entirety of the summer so right off the bat he's doing better than he has in past seasons, but he'll need more than that.
To this point in his career, Barden has only brought in 15 receptions for 174 yards and no touchdowns. The Giants are going to be looking for that kind of production in the first three games of the season from their No. 3 receiver.
Here are five ways that Barden needs to improve if he wants to see more playing time, or stay a Giant at all.