After having the 15th worst ratio of drops to catch-able passes in the NFL, missing six of 54 catch-able balls, dropping 11.11 percent of passes judged catch-able, Steve Smith will still be missed if the Giants opt to go in a different direction.
With the way the Giants' offseason has gone thus far, don't expect general manager Jerry Reese to make any significant moves to the offense, leaving the current wide receivers to step up in Smith's absence.
Hakeem Nicks was emerging as a top notch receiver, catching 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games before he got injured. Mario Manningham, had 60 catches for 944 yards and nine touchdowns, while leading the team with 15.7 yards per catch. He has already started to emerge as the teams number two wide receiver. Ramses Barden, who was called out by Jerry Reese, should start playing like the fourth-round pick they expected when they drafted him.
Then there is always the hidden gem of last year's preseason, Victor Cruz, and wildcat specialist, rookie Jerrel Jernigan, who was taken in the third round of this year's NFL draft.
They have zero Pro-Bowl experiences amongst them, but when the season begins, and Manning has these receivers lining up at the line of scrimmage, Steve Smith will be nothing but an afterthought.
And for that, I certainly don't blame him.