Life After Toomer: Can New York Giants Succeed Without Veteran?

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

IRVING, TX - JANUARY 13:  Wide receiver Amani Toomer #81 of the New York Giants scores a 52 yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Texas Stadium on January 13, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  The Giants defeated the Cowboys 21-17.   (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

This entire offseason for the New York Giants has been circled around one question: How are the Giants going to replace Plaxico Burress at wide receiver?

It seems as though that question has been answered with Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, both getting drafted by New York in this year's draft.

Yet, the bigger question that might be floating around the Giants' wide receiver position is, how are the Giants going to to succeed without veteran leader Amani Toomer on the team?

Replacing a leader like Toomer might more a little more difficult than replacing a play-maker like Burress.

Toomer is the definition of what it means to be a New York Giant. He was a vocal leader on all the teams he was a part of and never bad mouthed anybody, no matter what the situation was. He wasn't one these "present day" wide receivers who show boat and dance after touchdown receptions.

He acted like he had been there before and always respected the game.

From catching the game winning touchdown against the Denver Broncos in 1998 to ruin their perfect season, to defeating the once unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42, Toomer was always a beloved player by the Giant faithful.

Heading into this season, Toomer is no longer there, and New York will have to try to find a way too succeed without such a great leader on the field, as well as in the locker room.

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The first player that comes to mind when replacing Toomer is third-year man, Steve Smith. Toomer and Smith have the same characteristics as a player and both play a similar game.

With Toomer no longer being around, quarterback Eli Manning will be looking to get Smith the ball on all three downs, instead of of him just being a third down option.

The Giants must also find another player who is going to be a vocal leader in the locker room, which is just as important as replacing him on the field.

Although his statistics might have gone down over the past couple of seasons, replacing Amani Toomer will be a hard task for this Giants' squad, and they must find a way to win ball games without him.

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