The wide receiver corps of the New York Giants has a chance to be the most exciting and productive in the NFL this season. Here we will take a look at the possibilities of who might make up that group.
New York Giants Wide Receiver Projection
Odell Beckham Jr.
There isn’t much to say about OBJ. Beckham was named the tenth-best player in the league in a preseason poll. Who cares? This man has the potential to be the best ever. Beckham needs to continue to grow within the Giants system and as a person. He also needs to understand defenses will do everything within and outside of the rules to distract him. Beckham’s ability to handle that fact will determine how great he can be.
Will the real Victor Cruz ever appear? After a knee injury, followed by a calf injury, it has been a while since we’ve seen Cruz in a real NFL game. Hopefully the waiting is over and the Giants can count on Victor Cruz for a full season of productivity.
Dwayne Harris has been a welcome addition to the Giants. He is a tough player who doubles as a return specialist. He is a good complement to players like Beckham and Cruz. The team will find a spot for Harris on the roster this upcoming season.
The second-round draft choice out of Oklahoma has opened eyes this off-season. While we have yet to see him in live competition against NFL talent, all the indications are that he will be productive. Shepard’s route running and good hands have been the topic of conversation among coaches and players. This should be the start of a nice career for the young man.
White is a third year man out of Louisiana Tech who had receptions in six games last season. White was an emergency player who stepped up and did what he could in the absence of others. He will be the first player at this spot trying to earn a place on the team. His special teams abilities will help make or break his chances.
The Giants used a sixth-round selection on Davis in the 2015 NFL Draft. He had two receptions for 21 yards last year for the team. He is another player that may benefit from an entire training camp in the Giants system.
Powe is an undrafted free agent rookie out of California University at 6’3″ and 220 pounds. Could this be the height and size guy the Giants have been searching for? Players like Ramses Barden and Larry Donnell have tried to fill this role in the recent past with little success. Powe has the size and the strength, now it needs to be seen if he can translate that into production on the NFL level. This will be an interesting watch at training camp.
Maye is another undrafted rookie. At 5’8″ and 191 pounds from the University of Minnesota, he will need to make a big splash in training camp and on special teams to make this team. Fans must remember bodies are needed for training camps and practices. Not everyone will make this team out of camp.
Lewis is another undrafted free agent. He hails from Bowling Green University and it is widely thought that he had a prominent place on the Giants draft board, but managed to slip through. He opened a few eyes in mini-camp and will need to continue to impress. He did, however, get a pretty good signing bonus from the Giants, meaning there was some competition on the street for his services. This will be a good watch as well.
King is 6’1″, 200 pounds out of Georgia. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2013. He has bounced around the league, mainly being signed to practice squads and then being released.
Foster is 6’1″ 193 out of Ohio. After going undrafted in 2014, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He has also bounced around the league a bit and has now landed in the Giants training camp.
Needless to say, this is going to be a very crowded meeting room in training camp. Getting reps in practice and in the four preseason games will be paramount to the fringe players. Staying as close to 100 percent healthy will also be of utmost importance to these players. There is too much competition among this group to miss any amount of practice or meeting time.