While the Giants cull their roster for Mario Manningham's replacement, one has to wonder when Ramses Barden - selected by the Giants in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft - is going to mature into an NFL receiver.
His numbers are nothing special. In fact his numbers are practically nothing. In three seasons, Barden has only played in 17 games, amassing a measly 15 receptions for 174 yards and no touchdowns. He did not play in the season finale vs the Cowboys last year and did not dress at all in the postseason.
It is time for the Giants to fish or cut bait with Barden. We understand he has had some injury issues, but as the quotable Deion Sanders once said, "You can't help the club from the tub..."
Giants' GM Jerry Reese is aware that Barden is on the apron of "bust" status, but he can't totally be blamed. The Steelers traded up in that draft just ahead of the Giants and grabbed Mike Wallace.
Can you imagine a receiving corps with Wallace, Nicks and Cruz? That would be something...
Reese still defends his pick of Barden, knowing that his patience might pay off, but there is little time left in this experiment. Barden must be productive in 2012:
“Ramses Barden’s been hurt a little bit ever since he’s been in the league,” said Reese on SiriusXM Radio yestrday. “We hope he can stay healthy and prove to us that he was worth—I think we picked him with a third-round pick. ... We expect those guys to play. ... Ramses has got that length that you like. So we have some targets we need to go to.”
Tick, tick, tick....