Giants waiting to see a receiver emerge tonight against the Jets

AP

With Hakeem Nicks on the sidelines, there’s been an opportunity for another Giants receiver to assert himself opposite Victor Cruz.

The problem is, they’ve taken turns impressing during camp, leaving open the question who the third will be when Nicks returns.

“Ironically enough it’s been a little bit of everyone,” Cruz said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “It’s going to be tough for these coaches. I’m glad I’m not a coach or anybody working up top because it’s going to be tough to pick one of those guys.

The alternate view is that none of the group that includes Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan and rookie Rueben Randle have done enough to separate themselves.

With starters expected to play an entire half tonight against the Jets, it’s a good opportunity for one of them to make the job his, against a defense with top corners.

“It’s a huge test to go against the potentially top two corners in the league and to get some solid work against them,” Cruz said. “We’ll really see where you stand as a team and we’ll get some self-analysis to see how you are as an individual against those guys.”

Vacchiano said that Randle’s played the best in the games, but hasn’t had much work with the starters. Barden has teased before in the preseason, and Hixon has had a good camp working with the ones in Nicks’ place.

“I don’t know if there’s just one guy right now,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “I think there are a number of guys. I think these preseason games are big, when you see them against live action, against good corners, see their releases, and see if they’re doing a good job getting open.

“It’s always a good problem to have as a quarterback, [to] have a number of receivers who can come in and play well for you.”

Having a committee is always a better theory than practice, and if one of them doesn’t begin to move away from the field starting tonight, the Giants might wonder why they didn’t keep Mario Manningham, who is now one of the No. 1s in San Francisco.

10 responses to “Giants waiting to see a receiver emerge tonight against the Jets

  1. Having a committee is always a better theory than practice, and if one of them doesn’t begin to move away from the field starting tonight, the Giants might wonder why they didn’t keep Mario Manningham, who is now one of the No. 1s in San Francisco.
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    Same old song with the number #1’s smack!! PFT could you please get off our coaches d!%k now??

  2. PFT your site is awesome brothers but way too many articles on the NYG. I honestly believe folks would like more articles about the rookies, in particular RGIII’s development brother. That’s all.

  3. The Giants were tight with cap space and Manningham wanted too much to stay in NY. He also wanted a chance to start, which wasn’t going to happen with Nicks and Cruz on the team. The Giants likely aren’t concerned about this. Someone will step up, and whoever that is will get some solid chances to catch passes from Eli.

  4. I think eventually it will be Randle’s job. He’s got hands like Hakeem, speed like Mario, and runs routes like Steve Smith. Being a former QB, he reads the defense and picks the right option route.

    Meantime it’s not a bad problem to have — Jernigan for the slot, or Hixon on the outside (Cruz moves inside to the Y receiver), or Big Barden in the Red Zone. And a QB smart enough to find the open man.

  5. Everyone tends to think too much of Manningham because of the Superbowl catch. Truth is, he had a bad case of drops and while he flashed moments of brilliance, never developed into a truly reliable receiver. Because of the aforementioned desires to be a starter with a starter’s salary along with the inconsistent performance, it simply wasn’t worth keeping him. The Giants will find an equally competent or better receiver among their current corps.

  6. We’re loaded with talent at WR, and if anyone is paying attention to training camp I’m 99% sure no one is missing Mario Manningham. The “problem” is that each WR brings their own game to the table. Ramses Barden is tall and athletic, but isn’t really that quick and doesn’t get much separation from opposing CBs. Jerrell Jernigan is speedy and shifty, but is only 5’8 and is still learning the playbook. Dominik Hixon is a combination of both with the advantage of knowing the playbook, but keeps getting injured every year. Eventually it WILL be Randle’s job starting opposite Hakeem Nicks, but I think it will Hixon’s job if Randle isn’t by Week 1. Jernigan and Barden will just be situational receivers.

  7. Once again, Mario was the most expendable.

    His hands were the shakiest.

    His route running, the most suspect.

    True, Manningham came up with the biggest catch in the biggest moment.

    But Big Blue has no regrets on letting him walk. Trust.

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