New York Giants: 6 Most Frustrating Players on the Roster

Jeff Shull@Jeff_ShullAnalyst IMay 30, 2012

New York Giants: 6 Most Frustrating Players on the Roster

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    Whether due to personality issues on or off the field, lack of production despite high hopes or a player dueling with management, there are a handful of frustrating players on the New York Giants.

    Most of the players on this list are not going to surprise you. Despite having multiple disappointing players last year, the Giants were able to put it all together at the right time and win a championship. This speaks to the incredible amount of talent the team has to be able to overcome these issues.

    Here are the most frustrating players currently on the roster.

D.J. Ware

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    Despite having multiple impressive preseasons in his career, D.J. Ware has never shined in the regular season. He has not done much to warrant the Giants giving him extra carries. In fact, that's probably a big reason why the Giants drafted David Wilson with their first pick this season.

    Ware had his first meaningful amount of carries last season. It came at a time when the offensive line was not at its best, yes, but Ware still only averaged 3.5 yards per carry last season on 46 carries. He did have 170 receiving yards, but about a fourth of those came in a 45-yard performance against the New Orleans Saints.

    The Giants were not willing to trust him much in the postseason, as he only had four carries in four games. He didn't have the highest expectations other than those created after great preseason games, but fans expected much more from Ware.

Ramses Barden

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    For a guy with so much talent and physical prowess, Ramses Barden has been a huge disappointment so far. He's battled injuries, playing just 17 games in three years with the team. Still, 17 games should have produced better numbers than 15 catches for 174 yards.

    He has not caught a single touchdown in three years, despite standing 6'6".

    This is the year for Barden to either make a name for himself, or see the name on the front of his jersey change.

Travis Beckum

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    The Giants have seen a comedy of futility from their third-round picks in 2009. Both Barden and Travis Beckum were drafted in the third round, and Beckum's numbers are not much better than Barden's.

    Other than a 67-yard touchdown in the first Green Bay Packers game in 2011, Beckum has done very little with his opportunities. In fact, that 67-yard catch represents a little over a quarter of the total yards in his career with the Giants.

    Twenty-six receptions in three years for a guy who was supposed to be a receiving option for Eli Manning is pathetic.

Clint Sintim

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    Clint Sintim is another player the Giants drafted early, but injuries have kept him away from the field and stunted his growth. Not to mention it being tough to find a fit with the Giants primarily running a 4-3 defense, as Sintim played 3-4 in college.

    I thought he played well in a substitute start for Keith Bulluck in the Chicago Bears game in 2010. Sintim had hoped for a breakout season in 2011, but a torn patella tendon as well as a torn ACL kept him out the entire year.

    With plenty of young linebackers on the Giants that are performing well, Sintim has an uphill battle to gain favor back with the team.

Will Beatty

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    The Will Beatty experiment at left tackle did not go as planned in 2011. He started the first 10 games before being placed on IR with a detached retina.

    The Giants averaged just 83 rushing yards per game with Beatty in the lineup, as opposed to 99 without him (in the regular season). Though he still has room for improvement, you would think two years of learning would have yielded better results.

    Beatty has the job for now, but the Giants drafted an offensive tackle in 2011, two in 2012 and brought in another via free agency this offseason.

    Hopefully the competition pushes the offensive line to get better. It definitely needs to.

Osi Umenyiora

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    Unlike the previous five on this list, Osi Umenyiora is frustrating for entirely different reasons. He is outspoken about his frustrations with management, but he's also seemingly bipolar on the issue. One day he sounds off about comments made by Jerry Reese on TV, and the next day he claims Reese is "his guy no matter what."

    He is the cause of a lot of controversy and negative attention to the team, and the constant trade talks have become annoying. The Giants are a better team in 2012 with Osi on the field. However, if the Giants are unable to agree on a contract extension, he could walk next year without the Giants receiving anything in return.

    They missed a chance to trade him before the 2012 draft, so hopefully Reese has an extension up his sleeve. I can't see how just letting him play out his contract is the Giants' best option.


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