It Was Me, Not You: Five Players The New York Giants Wish They Had Back
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Plaxico Burress will soon be released from prison, and New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has stated that he would consider the possibility of resigning Burress.
This has caused quite a buzz, as it is likely that Giants fans would happily welcome him back.
The Giants' front office later clarified their position on Burress, saying that it is unlikely he would be resigned, though it certainly remains a possibility.
Nonetheless, it made me start thinking about other players that Giant fans would love to see be part of the G-Men Franchise once again.
5) Jeff Feagles
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Following Feagles' retirement in 2009, the Giants drafted Matt Dodge in the seventh pick of the 2010 draft. The draft pick was questionable, as it is not a usual custom to draft a punter.
Dodge had many punting errors on the year, none worse than on Dec. 19th against the Philadelphia Eagles.
After being given strict instructions to kick the ball out-of-bounds, Dodge instead punted the ball 36 yards down field.
Straight to DeSean Jackson.
Jackson returned the ball for the game winning touchdown as time expired, much to Tom Coughlin's--and Giants fans--chagrin.
Matt Dodge may turn out to be a great punter in this league, but there's no denying Feagles was a remarkable one. The two-time Pro Bowler was known for his accuracy and durability, as he holds the record for most consecutive games played at 352.
I think everyone would love to have Feagles back.
4) Antonio Pierce
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Jonathan Goff played well in his third season at the MLB position, but he couldn't quite fill the shoes of Antonio Pierce, who controlled the defense.
Due to his release from the Giants last offseason, the G-Men lost its emotional and vocal leader and haven't quite recovered yet.
It was said that Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck, and Eli Manning would become a leader in his place, though one could argue that they are too mild-mannered to fit such a role.
Except for maybe Jacobs--who is just crazy.
Tuck has had his moments, once calling out Antrel Rolle for his comments regarding coach Tom Coughlin.
Nevertheless, Pierce would be a great upgrade over Jonathan Goff, and would be the leader they need heading into the playoffs.
3) Jeremy Shockey
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I hate to admit it, but Shockey is a huge upgrade over Kevin Boss.
Sure he quit on the Giants--a fact many fans haven't forgotten--but his impact on the Giants offense can't be expressed enough.
He was considered the focal point of the pass offense in New York, along with Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. He made the trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu in four of his six seasons as a Giant.
Kevin Boss is not the answer for the Giants.
Two years ago it seemed like he could be a suitable replacement for Shockey, but now he looks like a shade of his former self.
It wouldn't be immediate, but eventually Giant fans would fall back in favor with Shockey.
2.) Fred Robbins
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Currently with the St. Louis Rams, Robbins played a huge part in the miraculous 2008 season.
After leaving Minnesota for New York, Robbins flourished as a defensive tackle--recording 25 sacks in the six seasons he was a Giant.
He also acted as a tutor for defensive tackles Chris Canty and Barry Cofield, who are currently still with New York.
Expect excitement if the Giants were to acquire Fred "Big Dog" Robbins again.
1) Plaxico Burress
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Resigning Plaxico Burress would be the smartest move in Jerry Reese's career, for four reasons:
1) It would revitalize all of the Giants' fans after a season that ended in disappointment.
2) He would be a huge threat for a team that struggles in the red-zone.
3) He would prevent double teams from occurring on Hakeem Nicks.
4) It would be an insurance policy for Steve Smith.
A receiving core of Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Plaxico Burress would be highly productive. Plus, the Giants would possess an elite running game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, which would keep opposing defenses from dropping back in coverage.
With the addition of Plaxico Burress, the Giants would have arguably the best offense in the league and a rejuvenated fan base.
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