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  • Do Giants have best one-two punch in football?

    "How do teams plan on stopping Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall?
    That’s the question the Giants want opposing defensive coordinators to have nightmares over as they try to gameplan against Big Blue’s receivers. In a passing league, the Giants boast one of the NFL’s deepest units. Beckham has racked up at least 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his first three seasons. Marshall has 941 receptions and 82 touchdowns in an 11-year career. Sterling Shepard found the end zone eight times during his rookie season and the Giants added tight end Evan Engram to the mix in 2017 NFL Draft.

    One NFL great who knows a thing or two about top wide receiver tandems is former Indianapolis Colts’ star Reggie Wayne. The future Hall of Famer spent the first eight of his 14 professional seasons lined up across from Marvin Harrison, who earned his gold jacket in 2016 after retiring back in 2008. Together, Harrison and Wayne rank 1-2 on the Indianapolis Colts all-time receiving yards list.

    Now an analyst for, Wayne surveyed the NFL’s receiving duos heading into the 2017 season, and came up with his five best. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall claimed the top spot.

    “Brandon Marshall might be the best red-zone receiver in the league (along with Jordy Nelson), and the Giants sure could use the help in that category,” Wayne writes. “Big Blue ranked 22nd in red-zone efficiency a year ago, only converting touchdowns 51 percent of the time. OBJ has been a star since he entered the league. He has yet to have a season with less than 1,300 receiving yards. He's a home-run hitter and can score at any time -- racking up 534 yards after the catch (YAC) in 2016. Both of these players demand the full attention of opposing defenses. It'll be interesting to see if anyone can stop this tandem.”
    Here’s Wayne’s complete Top 5, in reverse order:
    5. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
    4. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
    3. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
    1. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
    This marks the second time in just a few weeks that the Giants receivers have earned some major recognition. In June, NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt named the trio of Beckham Jr., Marshall and Shepard as the best wide receiver trio in the league."
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Brandon Marshall good years are behind him.


    • #3
      ...marshall has 1 sub 1000 yard season and he flat out beat Sherman all game last year. He will see 1000+ yards again and will likley lead in tds strictly off what he can do in the red zone
      Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

      “I wrote after the combine that Engram was entering the first-round discussion, and I've moved him above David Njoku as my second-ranked tight end. … He put up the best 40 time (4.42) among tight ends and the fourth-best vertical (36 inches) at the combine. At 6-3, 234, Engram had 65 catches for 925 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.”


      • #4
        Originally posted by par404 View Post
        Brandon Marshall good years are behind him.
        Even if Marshalls best years are behind him, which I agree. But we don't need his best years a 900 yd + year and 8 TD's would be great. And that's probably minimum what were going to get as the best #2 WR in the league. He's big, always has been a weapon no reason to think he will be anything less this season. Eli is the best QB he's ever played with in his career, First time he won't be double teamed as the primary receiver, also he's an excellent blocker downfield and on end runs. This was a monster signing for us in the off season. It has a great possibility of being like Nicks-Cruz only more so. 2-1000 yd, double digit TD WR's. Plus Shepard and Engram being under scrutinized this could be glorious.


        • #5

          Eli and Davis are the best 1-2 punch at QB in the league.


          • #6
            Unfortunately the O line will play a large role in whether they are or aren't. That's a scary and unpleasant thought right now.


            • #7
              Best 1-2 punch no. Jordy/Davante Adams, Cooper/Crabtree, Gronk/Cooks, etc are all comparable or better. I do think we might be the best in the league in terms of top four targets though. When you add Shep and Engram into the mix, our top four targets look sick.

              And before people freak out, yes- I understand we need to see Engram play first, but I'm just saying on paper it looks very good.


              • #8
                Antonio Brown/Martavis Bryant is another great tandem. The Giants may be the best if Marshall plays the way he did in 2015, but I doubt he will.


                • #9
                  B Marsh is 33 and coming off his worst year

                  not gonna bet the ranch on the best 1-2 just yet


                  • #10
                    Best 1-2 punch?

                    That Green Bay locker room is in for a hurtin.
                    "Sir, I was wondering: did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?"
                    "No...I didn't."
                    "Oh it was most exhilarating: the Giants of NY took on the Packers of Green Bay and in the end the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big H. It was a most ripping victory."


                    • #11
                      If games were played on paper? Maybe

                      Its all going to depend on the QB and the functionality of the offense
                      The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd - Bertrand Russell


                      • #12
                        they dont have to be the best 1 -2 punch at all to be totally effective...

                        "it won't matter who we pick at #2 because whoever it is we need him..."

                        ​​​​​​ -Jesse James


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by par404 View Post
                          Brandon Marshall good years are behind him.
                          He'll be going against the #2 and #3 CB. Even if he's lost a step he'll be a mismatch.
                          NFL Draft (Realistic Hope):

                          Rd 1
                          Garrett Bolles - OT
                          David Njoku - TE
                          Zach Cunningham - OLB