The New York Giants have not received a lot of love in recent days with some "experts" claiming their front seven is one of the worst in the NFL, while other "experts" ranked their overall roster as 19th in the NFL. That trend continued this week as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report ranked their receivers as only 18th in the league.
The New York Giants let Hakeem Nicks walk in free agency, but the wide receiver and tight end corps might be even better in 2014. The key will be rookie Odell Beckham, and he's a good one. Not only can Beckham help in the slot and outside, but he can assist as a return man too.
The team needs Rueben Randle to make the jump from potential to production, otherwise Victor Cruz will see a lot of bracket coverage from defenses. Bringing back Mario Manningham is likely to be more ceremonial than a payoff on the field.
Tight end remains unproven, but Adrien Robinson is a good athlete with upside.
The loss of a highly-productive Hakeem Nicks would have been too much to bear, but that Nicks was not at all seen in 2013. And while the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. does come with some question marks, he has dazzled in Organized Team Activities (OTAs), even drawing some DeSean Jackson comparisons. Couple that with the health of Victor Cruz, a more experienced Rueben Randle and a completely revamped offensive line (this will be the key), and the Giants have a group that could be far better than 18th overall.
The real concern comes in at the tight end position. While Adrien Robinson has looked good this Spring, that's not outside the norm for him. He'll need to stay healthy and put it together in games that count before anyone can relax over what Big Blue has at that position.
If any one of their tight ends can step up and be productive, with the offensive line also preventing Eli Manning from having to run for his life, this group of receivers could be highly productive and very dangerous in Ben McAdoo's new offensive system.
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