Projected starters: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz.
Projected reserves: Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden.
Who’s in: Louis Murphy, Brandon Collins, Jeremy Horne, Kris Adams, Kevin Hardy, Keith Carlos.
Who’s out: Domenik Hixon.
The Good: The Giants will enter training camp with one of the deepest wide receiver cores in the NFL. With Victor Cruz locked up long term, and Hakeem Nicks healthy and motiviated to sign a big contract next off-season the potential is there for this to be a great year out of Eli Manning and the Giants wide receivers. In addition to Nicks and Cruz, the Giants will bring back Rueben Randle, who offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride raved about during OTA’s. Also, the addition of Louis Murphy gives the Giants an over the top threat that has lethal speed and can take the top off of opposing defenses.
The Not so Good: Experience. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz represent one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL, but with health always a concern, the Giants have to worry about what happens if one of their two star wideouts goes down injury. Reuben Randle, Louis Murphy, Ramses Barden, and Jerrel Jernigan all have a lot of skill at the position, but none of them have ever done it over the long term. If the Giants are forced to rely heavily on any of the backups this season it would be a big step back for an offense that is poised to be one of the NFL’s best.
Player to watch: Hakeen Nicks. We all recognize how talented Hakeem Nicks is. The question is, whether or not he can stay on the field for a full season, which seems optimistic after Nicks has been hampered by injuries over the last two years. Nicks will be a restricted free agent next season which means that the motivation for a big payday will lead the former Tar Heel to do whatever he can to stay on the field. The Giants just need to hope that he can.
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