Standout Receivers in New York Giants History

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Standout Receivers in New York Giants History

I had considered compiling a complete "All-time" team for the Giants, but the franchise has such a long, rich history with so many Hall of Famers and All-Pro performers that such a task would be extremely time-consuming.

I've therefore decided to focus on certain positions —this will allow me to list all noteworthy players at each position rather than just the 'best of the best', so to speak, and provide more in-depth player descriptions.

Let's first look at the Giants wide receivers and tight ends (or flankers and split ends, for the old-timers)—the Giants have historically been a defense-oriented team with a run-focused offense.

Because of this, very few Giants players have registered big-time receiving numbers during their careers. In fact, only Amani Toomer's career stats really stand out, and his numbers were accumulated rather quietly (he was never invited to a Pro Bowl) over a 13-year career.

Other players, such as Earnest Gray and Lionel Manuel, had one standout season in otherwise average careers.

I've included them, as well as guys like Chris Calloway and Ike Hilliard, each of whom produced steadily without making many headlines.

I chose not to include old-time players such as Red Badgro and Ray Flaherty. Yes, they are Hall of Famers, but their careers were played out before passing attacks became mainstays in the NFL.

Therefore, I've only included players from the 1950s through the present. And, although he made arguably the greatest catch in franchise history, I could not see fit to include David Tyree because he never was a starter and his career receiving numbers are rather paltry (he was a very good special teams player, in his defense).

So here they are—the geat receivers in New York Giants history! I welcome and encourage any comments.

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