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RoanokeFan
10-19-2012, 07:13 PM
http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5364

Excerpt: "When it comes to the success of the Giants’ running game, this one unit–and no, it’s not the offensive line–is like a group of stealth bombers that largely goes unnoticed.

The Giants’ wide receiver group, whose primary job is to catch the ball, is the running game’s secret weapon, the group of guys whose downfield blocking often can mean the difference between a 5- and a 15-yard run.

This group is a large reason why the Giants, through six games, have 24 big runs of 10 or more yards, an average of four per game, which, at that rate, will put them on the course for 64 big-play runs—more than double the 31 big-play runs they recorded all last season.

And of the Giants’ 2012 total so far, eight of those runs have gone for 20+ yards, the longest being a 40-yarder recorded by David Wilson against Cleveland in Week 5.

Receivers aren’t necessarily paid for their blocking skills, but sometimes the pure motivation of helping out a fellow teammate is more than enough compensation for Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden, Ruben Randle, and Jerrel Jernigan.

“We have some explosive running backs who run hard, some special guys you’re not going to see on every team,” said Barden, in his fourth season. “The way they run, you like to see them succeed, so if we can have a hand in their success, which is ultimately the team’s success, that’s something we’re going to take pride in and we’re going to do our best to give them every opportunity to make plays.”

Although the receivers aren’t going “mano-a-mano” against 260+-pound defenders, their role as blockers isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

“There’s an old saying that the (offensive) line blocks for first downs, but the receivers block for touchdowns,” said Nicks. “Once the running backs get past the line, it’s our turn to beat the defensive secondary who’s standing in the way of us getting a touchdown.”

“It’s a tough job,” added Cruz. “We have to go in there and get the safeties that are sometimes ‘downhill guys’ who are bigger than we are so our running backs can get an opportunity to spring one. But we take a lot of pride in doing it.” Read more...

TextureDj
10-19-2012, 08:19 PM
Insight in the poll at the end. Most of the receiving corps chose Hixon as the best blocker out of the bunch. We see here another reason why Coughlin likes Vets over younger guys, even when there is something of a talent gap. It takes a lot of talent to overcome experience for 'ol Tom and this is why.

Its the little things that make good teams into great teams, and it is experience and humble understanding that makes a player good at those little things.

RoanokeFan
10-19-2012, 08:52 PM
Insight in the poll at the end. Most of the receiving corps chose Hixon as the best blocker out of the bunch. We see here another reason why Coughlin likes Vets over younger guys, even when there is something of a talent gap. It takes a lot of talent to overcome experience for 'ol Tom and this is why.

Its the little things that make good teams into great teams, and it is experience and humble understanding that makes a player good at those little things.

He's the guy the coaches depend on to be where he's supposed to be, doing what he's supposed to do.

GMan-67
10-19-2012, 09:49 PM
it's so refreshing to see one of the best WR in the game talking about their blocking on the work they are putting in to get better

can you imagine any DIVAs over the years or current media hypers ever even sniffing a real block on O ????