wide receivers

Coming into this season, it seemed on paper that the Giants? main strength was the receiving corps.

Victor Cruz had finally signed his contract; Hakeem Nicks appeared to be healthy; and Rueben Randle was ready to build on a few good games from last year.

However, through eight games, the receiving corps ? except for Cruz ? has been very inconsistent.

Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin M Gilbride, New York Giants, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receivers
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Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks will be hard-pressed to match their record-setting production of 2011. Nicks is rehabbing a broken foot, while Cruz has become an international celebrity.

Tags: Giants Training Camp, Giants Wide Receivers
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Most position battles are relatively meaningless developments until late July, when training camps begin and players focus on preparing for the upcoming season. Coaches deliberating position competitions usually consider each players? entire body of work?career production, minicamp performance, injury history, work ethic, physical attributes, potential for growth?but the decision ultimately rests on a given players? level of preparedness heading into week 1. Whichever player best exhibits the qualities needed at his position to help his team win when the regular season begins should get the nod over his competitors. It?s pretty simple. These predicaments exist on most every NFL roster and they are for the most part altogether good problems to have. Multiple players fighting for a single spot leads to intense competition, the kind that brings out the best and most consistent effort in each competitor. Even defending Super Bowl champions need to resolve these sorts of issues, and the 2012 Giants are no exception.

Tags: Domenik Hixon, Giants Wide Receivers, jerrel jernigan, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, rueben randle
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Drafted: Fifth Round (153rd overall)Position: Wide Receiver?Height: 5'9''Weight: 188 pounds

2011 stats: 14 games played, 1 game started, 29 receptions, 314 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

2011 Season Review: Receiver, punt returner, and occasional wildcat quarterback, Jeremy Kerley did a little bit of everything for the Jets as a rookie. His first major vote of confidence came in week five when he was played as the #3 receiver over Derrick Mason and retained that spot for the rest of the year following Mason's trade to the Texans. Operating out of the slot Kerley did some positive things. He was the most reliable of Jets receivers in terms of target efficiency(caught 65.9% of passes thrown to him) and showed a knack for making drive sustaining grabs, having more of his yards and receptions on third down than any other down. Kerley also featured as a punt returner, showing off his explosiveness and some breakaway ability. However Kerley also did struggle at times to hold on to the ball, fumbling three times and losing one of those to the opposition.

Tags: Jeremy Kerley, Main Page, Sophomore Watch, wide receivers
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At the conclusion of OTA's Thursday, Rex Ryan revealed he was pleased with the team?s young up and coming receiving corps. However, GM Mike?Tannenbaum?could be on the lookout for another wide receiver to add to the group.

Tags: Braylon Edwards, Chad Ochocinco, Media, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, Terrell Owens, wide receivers, Adam Rotter
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The Jets have been doing their due diligence on this year's core of receiver prospects, with reports that the Jets have set up private workouts with several of the draft's top prospects at the position such as Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey. ?It's no secret that the Jets are in need of a receiver and are likely to target one early to get Mark Sanchez some help in his pivotal fourth season as a pro.

Following the jump, here's a breakdown of the draft's top eight receivers, all of whom have at least a second round grade.

Tags: Blackmon, Floyd, Hill, Jeffery, Main Page, NFL Draft, Quick, Randle, Sanu, wide receivers, WR, Wright
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Also Check Out Grading The Units: Quarterbacks

Today we examine the wide receivers as well as the tight ends. The wide receiver unit is rich with potential, injury risk and X-factors.? The tight end core is, as the kids are saying, ?meh.?

The biggest complaint for the wide receivers is that there is no ?legit number one.?? The definition of a ?legit number one,? according to these people, is someone who blends both size and speed; someone who can stretch the field and double as a large red-zone target. My response to this argument is that if Hakeem Nicks is not a ?legit number one,? this is a very rare breed.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He is fast enough to stretch the field (he has caught a 30 yard pass in a larger perecentage of his games than did Plaxico Burress as a Giant), and he wreacked havoc in the red zone last year, grabbing 11 touchdowns in 13 games.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He just needs to stay healthy.

Tags: giants, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, tight ends, wide receivers
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The Giants' wide receivers should get some good sleep tonight knowing that tomorrow they'll be playing against the NFL's worst-ranked pass defense. From ESPN New York:

The Giants receivers believe they can take advantage of a shaky Houston secondary that has given up eight passing touchdowns already this season. New York enters the game No. 9 in the NFL in passing yards per contest with 235.5.

Houston is allowing 337. 8 passing yards per contest, the worst in the NFL by over 30 yards. Overall, the team is allowing opponents to rack up 408 yards per game. In their four games, opposing quarterbacks have thrown for: 433, 426, 284 and 278 passing yards. While some of that passing yardage can be attributed to teams falling behind and having to try and keep pace with Houston?s potent offense, it doesn?t account for the all-around struggles in the secondary.

Tags: Giants Offense, Giants Wide Receivers, Houston Texans, New York Giants
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