Monday, January 31, 2011
Final report card: Wide receivers
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Now that we’ve let the 2010 season breathe a bit, we’re going to take a look back and deliver our final grades for the 2010 season. We will be grading position by position and final season awards and accolades such as MVPs and Most Improved in the Giants blog over the next few weeks.
Today’s grade is on the wide receivers. The next position will be tight ends. Last week we graded quarterback and running backs.
Wide receivers report card
In his second season, Hakeem Nicksshowed he can be a top-10 wideout. He tied for 12th in the NFL with 79 receptions and also had 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns, which was tied for fourth-most in the NFL. But Nicks’ season could have been much better had he not missed three games due to injuries. Nicks also had a few passes go off his hands and end up in interceptions.
Those two factors –- injuries and passes glancing off receivers hands for interceptions –- kept the Giants wide receivers from becoming one of the best units in the NFL.
2011 FORECAST: Health will be the biggest key to the Giants’ receiving corps. Smith faces a lengthy rehab after undergoing microfracture knee surgery and will have to likely take it slow in camp in the same way Kenny Phillips did last year.
Nicks should be primed to take another step forward in his third season and Manningham showed he can be a playmaker as well.
The Giants need to re-sign Hixon if he is able to bounce back from a season-ending knee injury that left a massive void in the special teams’ return game. Barden will be coming off a season-ending ankle injury and still has much to prove. Cruz will also have another training camp to show what he can do.