No Star, But Still On Par; New York Giants' Wide Receivers
The New York Football Giants have been able to lay some doubters to rest...for now. But it still seems that within this wonderful community there are a few isolated incidents of calling for change.
Let me be clear. The New York Giants DO NOT need anymore wide receivers.
Let me reiterate, all those wannabe T.O. guys (Marshall and Edwards)? Who needs 'em! We got rid of our loud mouth, no good, team killing fat long ago and it was for the best. Even guys like Boldin who are tough as nails really aren't necessary. Let the G-Men create their own identity, we don't need to copy others.
Who cares if Hakeem Nicks went down? It's a foot sprain and he will be fine, get over it. Honestly it may be the best thing for the Giants at the moment.
It is still ridiculously early in the season, so the injury not only gives Nicks some time to really study film and learn opposing defenses, while it gives the Giants time to see what their third round pick Ramses Barden (one of my personal favorite additions) and "Mr. August", Sinorice Moss, can do!
Moss had an absolutely phenomenal camp this year, as he does most. The difference is he left camp healthy. He did fall back under the radar as Manningham has really started to shine; however, I think he can be an integral part of the Giants this season.
Don't complain about the Giants not having enough hands. Let's review: Hixon, Smith, Manningham (penciled in starters), Nicks (out 2-3 weeks), Moss, Barden, and Hagan. Not to mention Bradshaw who has good hands out of the backfield, Boss who has really developed his receiving game (and given a few years may be one of the top all around tight ends in the league), and Travis Beckum who has thus far not been used, but has some of the best hands of this past draft class.
The Giants shouldn't be worrying about hands in the least. In fact if I was really honest I would say we could option Hixon to the return game, which he was primarily brought in for and excels at, make Smith and Manningham the starters, and Moss the third guy.
Heck the G-Men have so many receivers maybe some should switch to secondary while the Men in Blue wait to get some of their banged up guys back.
I like to end a lot of my articles with bold predictions because it creates better discussion.
So here it goes, Giants wide receiver outlook next few years: If Moss doesn't produce this year he may be gone. The Giants can't afford to waste anymore roster spots. Derek Hagan could easily be optioned to the practice squad or free agency if the need arises.
My projected starters over the next few years would be Smith, Manningham, and Nicks in the three spot. Barden grabs up the fourth (I don't want to predict any deeper because that is next to impossible).
If Manningham, by some twist of unfortunate events, left in free agency in the next few years the Giants could be looking at a very Plax-Toomer like team once again. Nicks and Barden fit the mold and Smith is a ridiculous slot player. Either way the Giants are set at wide receiver for the next five years at least (knock on wood). We have our men set.
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