After a successful draft and a busy and eventful offseason it seems the Giants have finally settled in with a receiving core. No doubt these receivers are young and fast and a big change from last year.
They are missing star wideout Plaxico Burress as we have all watched his legal problems be the focus point of the offseason. And then there is a loss that has not gotten nearly as much attention.
Twelve-year Giants receiver Amani Toomer is no longer with the team after his release. Like I said this will be the first time in 12 years without Toomer and his experience could have helped out this young team.
So after losing their two biggest guys here is the 2009 New York Giants wide outs.
I believe that Steve Smith will step up this year and become Eli's go-to guy. Smith has stepped up in past years and has been a good receiver for Eli, but that was while having Plaxico double covered.
This will be Smith's third year. Last year he put up 57 receptions, 574 yards, and one touchdown. Of course, these stats come with Plaxico and Amani so they are sure to go up this year.
Hixon showed up in the spotlight last year as Burress' replacement and he played well for the most part.
The one thing that does worry me about Hixon is his dropping. I watched him last year as he had very inconsistent hands. Hixon had 43 receptions, 596 yards and two touchdowns.
The first of two rookie receivers this year. He will be a threat this year with great size and strength. He also has very good hands.
There will be a great deal of pressure on Nicks this year to perform but I think he will live up and put up stats similar to Steve Smith last year.
Mario will make a good deep threat when he gets on the field more this season. He has great speed and is able to break away from defenders with ease.
The receiver with the most experience on this team at six years. Tyree had trouble making the starting roster last year. The back end of the Super Bowl catch, Tyree will get the opportunity that he has never gotten this season.
The other of the two receivers the Giants drafted, resembles the first. He's a big strong physical guy which is exactly the kind of receiver that works with the Giants. He has more speed than Nicks, though.
This season will truly be an interesting one for the Giants and their offense. The offense and Eli will have to work with younger guys who aren't big name guys like they have had in the past. No Jeremy Shockey, no Plaxico Burress, and no self centered receiver.
These guys are a good team, and they should have a good season.