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Giants say they're happy with wideouts
Posted May. 12 at 10:25 PM
Plaxico Burress (cut) and Amani Toomer (free agency) are gone, and the Giants were rumored to be trading for Braylon Edwards or perhaps interested in Anquan Boldin. For now, though, they're sticking with what they've got, and the coaches insist the team will be fine.
"I feel very good about it," says wide receiver coach Mike Sullivan, while offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride adds "I can't help but think that we've got enough parts." The two made their comments in a story in The New York Daily News.
The top two wideouts are Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith, with Sinorice Moss -- the team's second-round pick in 2006 -- slated to be a part of three-receiver sets. That sounds like a position handed out due to seniority more than anything else; Moss has done nothing in his first three seasons. The team's next three options are all youngsters: Mario Manningham (a third-round pick last season) and Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, first- and third-round picks in last month's draft. Both rookies drew praise during last week's rookie camp.
Looking at that group, plus the fact that Moss and Manningham have yet to show anything at the NFL level, you have to think the team might still try to bring in another player. Coaches often say they're happy with the players they have, and then disprove it a week later. Jets' coach Rex Ryan claimed to be happy with the quarterbacks on his roster, right before the team gave up multiple picks and players to trade up for Mark Sanchez.
For now, give the edge to Nicks to be a part of those three-receiver sets, with Braylon Edwards still looking like a possible fall-back option. Whatever the team says publicly.
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