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New York Giants Saturday Morning Storylines: Realistic Expectations for Odell Beckham Jr.?

June 28th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Saturday, New York Giants fans and welcome to the weekend! We're one more days closer to the start of training camp, and in order to help you pass some time, we offer you the following headlines to enjoy over your first weekend coffee.

New York Giants Expect Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to be their Top Cornerback

At 28 with six years of NFL experience, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie appears to be in the best situation since he was the 16th player selected in the 2008 draft.

He is stronger, quicker and more mature, according to his dad, Stan Cromartie. Best of all, he is now with a team that sees him as its best cornerback and is allowing him to do this thing.

DRC and the New York Giants look to be a perfect fit. The Giants showed their love during free agency by signing the Lakewood Ranch graduate to a lofty contract.

"The Giants are a team that definitely wants to go after people defensively, and they want me to be on the outside and lock up (on a receiver)," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "They want me to play man to man, and that's what I do."

Odell Beckham Jr.: Realistic Statistical Expectation for Giants' First-Round Pick

When it comes to Giants first-round pick Odell Beckham, the size of the man hasn't affected the magnitude of the expectations.

Beckham (5-11, 198 pounds) may not be the biggest or tallest wide receiver out there, but he's expected to do some very large things for the Big Blue on the football field, beginning this season. When you're drafted 12th overall, there is no grace period.

Of the 211 1,000-yard receivers over the past decade, only two have been rookie first-rounders. The odds are against Beckham to make that type of immediate contribution.

But 50-something catches for 800-plus yards and four or five touchdowns? The Giants would likely sign for that right now from their rookie wide receiver.

David Wilson Waits and Imagines

David Wilson made it clear last week that he didn't want to answer any "neck questions." The New York Giants' third-year running back is hoping a July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck will clear him for contact in time for training camp, and until that does or doesn't happen, he's right. There's not a lot more to say about it. He hopes and believes it will happen and he'll be on the field with his teammates the next day, practicing like everyone else.

Wilson was on the field for OTA and minicamp practices. He took some reps. These were all non-contact practices, but things do happen, and so the team held him out of anything it believed might expose him to any potential contact, just to be safe. As he worked, and watched, Wilson liked what he saw of the new Giants' offense and what it means for him assuming he gets cleared to play in it.

"I just like the schemes, personally," Wilson said. "I like the options I have and the way I can use my athletic ability. I think I really could play a role in this offense."

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Tags: David Wilson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr.

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3 Responses to “New York Giants Saturday Morning Storylines: Realistic Expectations for Odell Beckham Jr.?”

  1.  Krow says:

    Beckum is lucky McAdoo is the OC. His offense is a much better fit than Gilbride’s.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    The only thing that would bother me is Coughlins penchant for making it difficult for rookies to get playing time .
    Lets hope that the new offense makes it easier for these guys to play .Besides after last years efforts , The changes have been put in to effect . New OC – check – free agents – check – rookies (hopefully) check – energized Eli check

  3.  jb322 says:

    With TC as coach, he drops a pass in his first game and rides the pine all season. But hey, at least David Wilson will have someone to keep him company…

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