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RoanokeFan
01-18-2013, 06:36 PM
http://www.giants101.com/2013/01/18/new-york-giants-keep-or-dump-keith-rivers/

Excerpt: The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants knew what they were getting when they traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Cincinnati (http://www.giants101.com/tag/cincinnati/) Bengals for linebacker Keith Rivers last offseason. Rivers was an incredibly athletic specimen with a complete inability to stay healthy, as he had missed the entire 2011 season with a wrist injury. Although the team hoped the former first-round pick out of USC would be able to break out of his shell this year, RIvers saw limited playing time in just 11 games while making 44 tackles.

The Giants did not get what they wanted out of Rivers this season. His presence on the field was inconsistent at best, which made it hard to keep him incorporated into the defensive gameplan. When he was able to play, he seemed lost at times and inhibited the defense's ability to operate at full strength. As Rivers enters free agency, he is hoping that he can sign another short term contract (http://www.giants101.com/tag/contract/) that will allow him to prove his ability.

The question now for the Giants is whether they should further pursue Rivers. Obviously, he was a disappointment last year and he did not develop into the player many thought he would become. However, he has tantalizing potential that has not been harnessed by any of his coaches throughout his four-year career. Perhaps, if his athleticism hasn't translated into production by now, it never will. But is that a chance the Giants can afford to take?

The depth chart at linebacker is thin. With the potential departure of Michael Boley (http://www.giants101.com/tag/michael-boley/), it's only going to get thinner. Rivers is a young, athletic, versatile player that has all the physical tools to develop into an impact player on the defensive side of the ball. He has yet to demonstrate an ability to stay healthy, but that doesn't mean next season can't be the year he puts it together. After a year in Perry Fewell's scheme, Rivers has the potential to return in 2013 with an advanced knowledge of the defense and all the talent necessary to excel within it." Read more...

BigBlueAllDay
01-18-2013, 06:38 PM
This is going to be nice and short. Goodbye Keith Rivers!

Cloud57
01-18-2013, 06:42 PM
He's only good for about 4 games, dump him if we can get someone better.

slipknottin
01-18-2013, 06:46 PM
I'm not opposed to keep him for the vet min. He was a decent player when he was on the field. Though that was rare

drewz
01-18-2013, 07:02 PM
Keep him.. for the right price

Mercury
01-18-2013, 07:04 PM
Do we have anyone at linebacker who is better? Maybe, but not by much. Can we afford him? Sure, he would be a cheap add. So why not give him another chance and hope he can put it all together?

GiantFanatic55
01-18-2013, 07:11 PM
Do we have anyone at linebacker who is better? Maybe, but not by much. Can we afford him? Sure, he would be a cheap add. So why not give him another chance and hope he can put it all together?

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BigBlueAllDay
01-18-2013, 07:12 PM
Regarding who the Giants will have at linebackers for the 2013 season, that won't be truly answered until after free agency and the draft. Last time I checked, there's still people on the Manti Te'o train. Is Keith Rivers at a high risk of being signed by another team? I don't think so.

BigBlue1971
01-18-2013, 10:33 PM
Rivers when he played played well but he also lived up to his history of staying injured!

i think hes in the same boat as Barden.

if the Giants want he he can prolly be had for a decent price!

Rat_bastich
01-18-2013, 10:36 PM
A depth guy that the Giants did not give too much away to get. I would definitely bring him back as a depth guy and with his history I am not sure anyone would give him a huge contract. The guy was nothing but potential and that was about it.

Carter.525
01-18-2013, 10:37 PM
for cheap.. yes, NY needs all the help they can get at LB.

TCHOF
01-18-2013, 11:24 PM
for cheap.. yes, NY needs all the help they can get at LB.

+1

Drez
01-18-2013, 11:38 PM
I'm not opposed to keep him for the vet min. He was a decent player when he was on the field. Though that was rareYeah. I'd say even if we can get him for up to $1.5m (base being vet min, the rest being made up in incentives), I'd definitely be down for it.

ELI_HOF_NYG
01-18-2013, 11:45 PM
this guy is a piece of glass,,,what good is he even for depth if he isnt on the field? time to move on, it was a nice thought.

BigBlueAllDay
01-18-2013, 11:48 PM
Players don't simply re-sign for cheaper contracts without testing FA first and then forced to take less money. I would love to find NFL players that are free willing to take paycuts and cheaper contracts like the rest. Keith Rivers has not proven to be worth $2 million per year and the Giants can do better. The Giants first round pick will be making less than that. A 5th round pick for Rivers on his contract year was a low-risk trade that didn't quite payoff imo so not much harm done.

brad
01-19-2013, 01:44 PM
Rivers would come fairly cheap, seems to be a common sense move to bring him back for one more year and see how it goes. That being said, I would want to have a backup plan because it is very likely he will be injured for a good portion of the season

GiantRoc
01-20-2013, 01:45 PM
I'm OK with re-signing him. He is very athletic and flashed so good skills. Hopefully another year in the system would improve his recognition and allow him to play more naturally and not be so lost. There has to be a chance he can go a season without signifigant injury, can't there? If they can get him for cheap id say, great. If he's looking for anymore money? Thanks for playing. Here are your parting gifts.

TuckandRolle
01-21-2013, 10:45 AM
Keep FO cheap.

Kruunch
01-21-2013, 10:52 AM
At veteran minimum I'd say keep him. When he's on the field, he's a force.

Captain Chaos
01-21-2013, 10:57 AM
Definitely a keeper at the right price. I don't think they can afford to keep Boley (though I liked the way he played) and Blackburn was not what needed in the middle. Think that he may be a good guy to put in the middle and draft a young stud in the draft that can take over the middle!

joemorrisforprez
01-21-2013, 12:53 PM
I honestly don't know if its Keith Rivers, or his LB coach, or Jim Herrmann, or his defensive coordinator.

I'm more inclined to think Herrmann might be the issue, or maybe it's the schemes the Fewell is running.

Whatever it is, something's not working.....defenders seem to get lost in space, and unable to shoot gaps or shake off blocks.

Toadofsteel
01-21-2013, 12:58 PM
Rivers when he played played well but he also lived up to his history of staying injured!

i think hes in the same boat as Barden.

if the Giants want he he can prolly be had for a decent price!

Are you kidding me? Rivers played well enough when he actually did see the field, he was just injured most of the season. Barden is just flat-out terrible and only had one good game because Carolina gameplanned entirely for Cruz...

TroyArcher
01-21-2013, 02:35 PM
DUMP!!!!!