That is why when I scour the net for stories and leads each day, there are always a few clunkers that I trip over. Today, it was on a site called OpposingViews.com.
They ran an article that stated the Giants do not need the services of Steve Smith and Ahmad Bradshaw, a sentiment that we here at GFB are largely opposed to.
Bradshaw ran for over 1200 yards last season with two aching feet. He fumbled waaaay too much, we understand, but he's a keeper, folks. Smith is a first-down machine. The Giants need both of these guys back.
The author claims that Danny (DJ) Ware is ready for a breakout season and rookie Da'Rel Scott will be a superstar. Call me skeptical, but I have to see Ware do something (besides get hurt) before I hand the keys over to him.
Scott is a rookie, and this season rookies will have a minimal impact due to the short acclimation period caused by the lockout. You can't count him in your plans on Opening Day.
As for Smith, why would you want to ditch the most productive WR in Giants' history? Especially one that has a great rapport with Eli Manning..?
The Giants drafted Jerrel Jernigan, that's why. Smith is coming off an injury, but he will be back with the Giants. Jernigan is completely different receiver than Smith. He is a deep threat; Smith is a possession receiver.
The team missed Smith greatly last year. None of their other WRs can get in the seams like Smith can, do the dirty work so to speak.
If anyone is going to displace Smith, it will be Mario Manningham who needs to start catching the ball in traffic. Why? Because that's where Eli throws it.
Our Michael Salfino of SNY Why Guys tells us that Manningham will be a top playmaker for the Giants. His yards per target average is second in the NFL only toPittsburgh's explosive Mike Wallace.