New York Giants Wide Receivers Breakdown

The New York Giants offense as a whole has been a huge disappointment so far this season, ranking 31st in both yards and points. One issue that is starting to become evident is the position of wide receiver. From injuries to the receivers failing to consistently create separation, the receiver room is not a strength on the roster, and it is finally time to dive into the Giants wide receiver problem.

New York Giants Wide Receivers Breakdown

The Good

Darius Slayton is capable of being a reliable target for Daniel Jones going forward. Slayton has 365 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season and 1,105 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in the first two years of his career. He could have added another touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, but a flag for offensive pass interference negated that score.

While Slayton is doing his part in keeping the Giants receiving corps afloat, his counterparts are struggling mightily.

The Bad

But while Slayton has performed well, the rest of the wide receivers on the Giants roster have underperformed thus far to say the least.

Golden Tate, an aging wideout, was signed to a $37.5 million contract by Big Blue two days after they traded Odell Beckham Jr. It is safe to say that Tate has not even come close to the production that Beckham brought to the Giants. Tate, who has missed five games in two years with the team, has racked up a measly 145 yards and zero touchdowns this season, bringing his total to 821 yards and six touchdowns in his lackluster NYG career.

Sterling Shepard, a fan favorite, did not land in the “The Bad” section of this article for his play on the field, but because of his lack of availability. Shepard has been a vital part in Daniel Jones’ young career, and a reliable asset to have out wide, when on the field. Unfortunately, Shepard has been unable to consistently be available during his NFL career. Turf toe, a small, yet lingering injury if not treated properly, landed the fifth-year receiver from Oklahoma on the IR once again.

Sterling has been a good receiver for the Giants when he’s on the field. With just over 2,900 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career, Shepard has proven he can produce when he’s on the field. But, this season will be Shepard’s third in five year career where he won’t play all 16 games, because of injury. The Giants are hoping he is healthy and available soon.

Damion Ratley and C.J. Board, two late additions to the roster, have not done much to help this group. Ratley has an impressive 15.8 yards per catch, but only has four receptions on the year. Both Ratley and Board are used mainly for depth, but many fans were clamoring for Corey Coleman to be on the roster in place of either Ratley or Board.

Last Word

It is fair to say that the Giants offense has been horrible this year, and the wide receiver group has played a part in that. Whether it be through the draft or free agency, the Giants need to absolutely address this position in the off-season.

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