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New York Giants May Have Secret Offensive Weapon

Kyle LanganAnalyst IJune 10, 2009

Speed.

Despite the perception that the New York Giants have little going for themselves offensively, they may be in as good a shape as they have ever been in.

With players such as Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, Steve Smith, and Mario Manningham, the Giants have one of the speediest receiving corps in the NFL.

With the spotlight on the subtraction of Plaxico Burress, the new look receiving corps has slipped under the radar, and many have already deemed it inadequate to lead the Giants back to the promised land.

Eli Manning has other ideas, though. He seemed excited in a recent interview about the prospect of having so much speed on the field. In the NFL, defenses respect the balance of opposing offenses.

It isn't all about having the star power of someone like Plaxico Burress, who can bail a team out on sheer talent alone. During his tenure with the Giants, Burress was an essential cog in creating balance, as he would often draw the attention of multiple defenders on a play-to-play basis.

With as many speedsters as the Giants currently sport, defenses will not know who to rotate coverages to, leaving the door open for Eli and his receivers to take advantage of single coverages and single-high safeties.

If New York’s opponents choose to stack the line of scrimmage with eight defenders early and often against Big Blue, one among Smith, Hixon, Moss, and Manningham will be able to burn the undermanned secondary deep downfield for an easy score.

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