NY Giants' Positional Review: Wide Receiver
Excerpt: "Let's continue our series of positional reviews for the New York Giants by looking today at wide receiver.
Victor Cruz -- The only reason Cruz' 2012 numbers don't look that special is that he spoiled us with an other-worldly performance in 2011. Cruz caught a team-best 86 passes, second-most in franchise history behind Steve Smith (107), and had nine touchdowns, but 2012 didn't feel quite the same. He surpassed 1,000 yards (1,092) but that pales next to the franchise record 1,536 he had in 2011.The biggest reason? With Hakeem Nicks slowed and a third wide receiver not consistently stepping up, teams paid much more attention to Cruz and his yards per catch averaged dropped from an insane 18.7 yards per catch to a more pedestrian 12.7.
Hakeem Nicks -- Give Nicks immense credit for doing the best he could despite first a broken foot that limited his pre-season time and then an injured knee that took away his burst. His best, though, wasn't good enough. In 13 games he caught 53 passes, down from 76 and 79 the two prior seasons. He had a career-low three touchdown catches, and a career-worst 13.1 yards per catch average.Nicks just wasn't himself, and the Giants failed to recognize soon enough that he wasn't really playing well enough to give them what they needed.
Rueben Randle -- Caught 19 passes, three for touchdowns, and by the end of the season showed that he has a bright future. Nicks caught 47 passes as a rookie, but Randle's first season compares favorably to many other Giants' rookie receivers. Here are the numbers of some standout Giants' receivers as rookies:" Read more...