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New York Giants Wide Receivers Regain Familiarity with Sean Ryan

February 2nd, 2014 at 9:30 AM
By Jen Polashock

With lots of “restructuring” (as the New York Giants are calling it) happening so far among the coaching staff, one such shift is perhaps being understated. Re-assigned assistant coach Sean Ryan is now coaching the wide receivers. Again. He used to coach this position from 2010-2012, forming a bond with that corps before being moved to quarterbacks coach (after 2012 when Mike Sullivan left). He’s back where he seemed comfortable. Could this benefit the once-feared skill position? We think so.

Although he started out with the team (in 2007) as offensive quality control coach, in 2010 he was named wide receivers coach for the team and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI with the likes of wide receivers Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham under his wing/tutelage.

Said Giants’ wide receivers were quite, umm, productive in those two seasons under Ryan. Remember that in 2011, his unit helped the New York Giants (and quarterback Eli Manning) set some franchise records: 359 completions and 4,734 net passing yards, two receivers with 1,000-yard seasons (Cruz and Nicks).

Victor Cruz had 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Those 82 receptions tied Giants former receiver Amani Toomer (2002) for what was then second place on the Giants’ single-season list, but number 80’s 1,536 yards broke Toomer’s former team record — by 193 yards.

Hakeem Nicks caught 76 passes for his career-high 1,192 yards and 7 touchdowns. Mario Manningham had 39 catches for 523 yards and 4 touchdowns, but will more than likely be remembered that season for his 38-yard in-bounds sideline reception in the fourth quarter of that second Giants’ Super Bowl victory over New England.

These wide receivers played impressively in 2010, Ryan’s first season at this position. Number 88, in his second season with them, led the receivers with 79 receptions for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns — and he didn’t play a full season. Those 11 touchdowns tied Del Shofner (third-highest total in Giants history). Manningham had 60 catches for 944 yards, nine TD and one rush for two yards. He and Nicks became the first receiver duo with at least nine touchdown catches since 1967 — when Homer Jones (franchise record 13 TDs) and Aaron Thomas (nine TDs) had the record. Manningham also caught two of the nine longest pass plays in history of the Giants then: Eli Manning touchdown passes of 85 and 92 yards.

2012 stats dropped for the corps, except Victor Cruz, who had 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. Eli Manning didn’t break 4,000 yards (3,948). Nicks, Domenik Hixon, Rueben Randle and Barden all had less than 700 yards. We won’t discuss 2013.

While receiver Ramses Barden has moved on, 2013 end-of-season breakout player Jerrel Jernigan has been with Ryan since his original time at the position coach in 2010. These little familiarities should absolutely help this skill position rather than hinder it. The upcoming season and a new offensive system shall tell us.

Side/interesting fact on Ryan’s “playing years” — he played defense, not offense. He was a defensive back and an outside linebacker at Hamilton College.

Photo credit: Mike Morbeck / Foter / CC BY-SA

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Tags: Amani Toomer, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Mike Sullivan, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Sean Ryan, Victor Cruz

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6 Responses to “New York Giants Wide Receivers Regain Familiarity with Sean Ryan”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    Wanted to clarify my point about Joseph and Nicks being irrelevant.

    Dan- Obviously the G101 writers can’t write articles claiming both players are essentially gone. My comment was addressed to the posters.

    Troy Thorne – Talking about who will be on the roster next year is very relevant. That’s why I have been discussing draft prospects since early December. However Joseph and Nicks will not be on the roster in 2014, that’s why I mentioned discussing those 2 players as irrelevant.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    GOAT

    From yesterday, I really did not take Tuck’s year for granted. I think he showed heart and determination to no let his injury situation totally subdue his game.
    But my point with Tuck and Nicks for that matter is both players represent question marks. Will they chose to perform? Can they get and stay reasonably healthy over the course of the season?

    That just too many of the wrong questions that can not be answered with any assurance. Granted injury and NFL are just about synonymous. However, both players have been headed in the wrong direction performance wise for too long.
    Nicks in particular seems to be a chronically injured player. Tuck has never been the same since that dirt bag Flozell Adams cheap shot him in Dallas.

    You can make a case for keeping Tuck. But not at a premium price.
    There can be no case (IMO) made to keep Nicks. Let him go and use the money elsewhere. And yes you are right, it’s unfair to tangle Tuck with $nee.
    Snee is totally worthless to everyone but his wife, kids and mother & father.

  3.  kujo says:

    Let me say two things that I believe are iron-clad:

    1) Awarding Bear Pascoe, a contributor and good role player an extra $300k above the veteran minimum will not–NOT– affect our spending habits this offseason, nor will it cost us a shot at any of the free agents (both on our team and on other teams).

    2) If there was a player who could play Bear’s role better, he’d be on the team.

    •  Krow says:

      Right. One guy … a few hundred grand … means nothing. Except that it shows the team doesn’t have their eye on the ball … that they, like you and a few others here, are too sentimental to run a football team. Yep, it’d be a hard and heartless decision to let him go. Great guy … a lot of heart and hustle. But this is the kind of decision winners make. Not because they’re ba$tards … but because they do everything to win. Even small stuff like a few hundred grand of cap money.

  4.  kujo says:

    Oh, and here’s the third one, and I’ll say this all offseason:

    3) Anything we want to do can be done easily if Eli, Snee and Rolle cough up money in the various ways that that could be done. Complaining about paying Pascoe, Patterson, Josh Brown or anyone else is like rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Those 3 salaries account for an INCREDIBLE percentage of our cap this coming season (not to mention that of David Baas), and not a damn thing will change qualitatively unless that is addressed, in earnest, prior to the beginning of free agency.

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