Ranking Eli's best weapons:
1. WR - Hakeem Nicks - The 2009 1st round draft pick has come as advertised. One could say he has been sniffing around pro bowl status during his two years in the NFL. Nicks is 6' 1" and 215 lbs and his game is very similar to Michael Irvin the former Dallas Cowboy and now Hall of Fame inductee.
This budding superstar caught 79 balls for 1052 yards and 11 TD's in 2010. He has huge hands allowing him to stab balls out of the air and rip them defenders hands as you saw vs. the Jets this pre-season. He averages 15 yards a catch over 2 years and is explosive with the ball. Expect 1250 yards and 13 TD's if healthy.
2. WR - Mario Manningham - drafted in 2008, Mario Manningham has matured as a player and developed into the home run threat the New York Giants need. Over the last two years Manningham has shown the big play ability he displayed in college and is now entrenched as Eli's #2 target.
Manningham has displayed great body control and athleticism working the sidelines and has made a habit of hauling in the deep ball. With out Steve Smith, #82 will see time at slot receiver which will mean Manningham needs to run more crisp routes with doubles moves and rely less on pure speed. Expect 975 yards and 8 TD's if healthy.
3. RB - Ahmad Bradshaw - the 7th round pick in the 2007 draft can be as explosive as any running back in the NFL and has a handful of big runs in him every week. He may not be as durable as some and he surely drops the ball on the carpet way too much, but he's a great weapon when in the game. Did you see the stiff arm he delivered during the Jets pre-season game. Nice!
Bradshaw needs to improve his receiving skills out of the backfield and become more of a reliable outlet for Eli when all else fails, but over all Ahmad Bradshaw has earned his raise for the 1235 yards rushing and 8 TD's in 2010. Expect 1200 yards and 9 TD's if healthy.
#4. WR - Domenik Hixon - Giant fans have seen what Domenik Hixon can do on special teams with the ball in his hands...so with big play ability ready to be exposed Domenik Hixon comes in as #4 as Eli Manning's best offensive weapons.
Hixon is the ultimate team player. He has fielded punts, kick offs, tackled returners on the kick off team, stepped in as the #1 receiver when Plaxico was injured and has gone over the middle to snag many high and wide Eli Manning passes.
3 years ago(2008) Hixon filled in for an injured Burress which resulted in his best year as wide receiver. Hixon had 43 receptions for 600 yard and 2 TD's. With the absence of Steve Smith, the 6' 2" 217 lbs Domenik Hixon should have the ball in his hands multiple times a game, including red zone opportunities. His exceptional field vision makes him a threat any time he is in the open field. Expect 550 yards and 6 TD's if healthy .
5. RB - Brandon Jacobs - You can't deny the big man can get his freak on when he wants to; just ask any Minnesota Viking player who watched 265 lbs. blast past them for a 73 yard run(thank Pascoe) last December; however he's hard to figure out. He has the speed, the size and the intelligence to be great but his 823 yards where "un-Jacobs" like in 2010.
When #27 hits the hole hard he gets in space fast...which is when he is most dangerous because of his deceptive speed and agility. His carries were down, his touchdowns were up from the year before...so expect more carries for Jacobs in 2011. Out of the backfield, he does drops some passes he should catch but check in with the Cowboys on his 74 yards rip as he took a pass in the flat to the house. Expect 1025 yards and 9 TD's if healthy.
Wild card: RB - Da'Rel Scott - I think Mr. Scott makes the team and becomes the key to putting the "band" back together. By that I mean the "Wind" in the Earth, Wind and Fire!
Da'Rel Scott is a breath of fresh air and runs like he's missed a curfew. The guy is smooth and the guy is fast. Expect 4 carries a game for Da'Rel Scott in the second half of the season and watch Eli and company discover there newest weapon. Expect 250 yards and 4 TD's if healthy.