New York Giants: Reggie Wayne

Some random NFC East trade speculation

October, 14, 2011
Calvin Watkins has an item on that says the Cowboys could look to trade either running back Tashard Choice or tight end Martellus Bennett in advance of Tuesday's trade deadline. Both are high-talent guys who haven't panned out and now seem extraneous in Dallas, so it makes some sense to see about getting a good draft pick for one of them. Watkins talked to Choice, who said he'd like to stay in Dallas but whatever, and he seems to think they have reason to keep Bennett around. Choice has shown a flash or two here and there, so a running back-needy team could take a chance, you never know.

Of course, the two biggest names being thrown around on the trade market today are those of Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd and Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne. And those are big enough names to catch anyone's attention. It's hard to imagine the Giants, Eagles or Cowboys making a trade to get a big-time receiver, since all three of those teams seem fine with what they have at receiver right now and the price for guys like Lloyd and Wayne is likely to be high. I guess Wayne would be the second-best receiver on the Giants if they got him, but that doesn't feel like a move the Giants would make.

People will connect these names to the Redskins, since Washington's wide receiver corps has plenty of numbers but no real big names. A field-stretching guy would be a nice complement to the precision, route-running possession guys the Redskins have, but prior negative experience with Lloyd (with the Redskins and with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan while both were in Denver) almost certainly makes Lloyd a no-go. And since the Redskins' plan all offseason seemed to be to conserve resources to continue their rebuilding project next spring and summer, I'd be surprised to see them make a big move for a guy like Wayne. Sure, if they win this week and get to 4-1 the temptation will be to "go for it." And they should. But the Redskins are more likely to "go for it" by sticking with the plan that got them to where they are this season -- good defense and an uncomplicated offense designed to minimize the chance for mistakes. I don't think asking Rex Grossman to throw downfield more, no matter who they bring in for him to throw to, is in the plan.

But I could be wrong, and we'll surely talk plenty more about this stuff between now and Tuesday.
Perhaps more than anyone else on the Giants roster, safety Antrel Rolle knows exactly what the Giants will face Sunday in opposing wide receiver Andre Johnson. Rolle and Johnson were teammates for two years at the University of Miami and still work out together in the offseason, and are “fairly” close according to Rolle.

“He’s determined to be the bets. I definitely think he’s one of the best one or two receivers in the league,” Rolle said. “He has extremely great work ethic, I work with him in the offseason a lot, so I understand his background a lot, I understand his mentality.”

After facing Carolina’s Steve Smith in week one and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne in week two, the Giants will face another top-flight wide receiver in Johnson. While Johnson is listed as questionable for the game with an ankle practice after being limited in the practice Friday, Johnson said that he expects to play in the game.

“Some teams might gameplan against him, I know a lot of teams like to double coverage him and they should,” Rolle said. “But with us, we’re just going in with a game plan that we have to go stop both the run and the pass.”

Johnson has played in three games this season, missing last weekend’s game against the Raiders, and has caught 19 passes for a team-high 255 yards and one touchdown. Johnson leads the NFL by averaging 90 yards per game since the start of the 2006 season, and is averaging 96.6 yards a game since the start of the 2007 campaign.

The Giants have seen Johnson just once before in 2006, when they defeated the Texans 14-10 at Giants Stadium. Johnson led all receivers that day with nine catches for 83 yards.

While the Texans have had much success on the ground rushing with Arian Foster this season, quarterback Matt Schaub has still thrown for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns. If the Giants commit too much to the run, Schaub could burn them with a long play-action pass to Johnson. The secondary is aware that it must keep tabs on where No. 80 is at on the field at all times.

“He’s a big body and he goes up and get the ball. He’s not scared of going across the middle,” Giants safety and former Hurricane Kenny Phillips said. “He makes himself available to the quarterback, he’s really quarterback friendly.”