It has been a few days since New York Giants‘ wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released after failing his physical. Even though he never really got in sync with the offense last season before a season ending ankle industry, Marshall still leaves a hole at wide receiver.
Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but coming off a season ending injury., and Sterling Shepard solid playing out of the slot, but the Giants are still in need of WR2. We all saw the receivers on the field last season. They must find a way to add more talent to the position.
What are their options?
The New York Giants can add wide receiver talent through free agency and the draft, but is it also possible that someone on the current roster can step up?
Being late in free agency, there are not any top options available at this point, thought there are still some options out there. Dez Bryant, Eric Decker, Dontrelle Inman, and Jeremy Maclin are the top free agents still available. For the Giants, if any of these players were to agree to a minimal contract, this is how they could fill a need through free agency.[sc name=”NYG Articles Thumbnail”]
These receivers are all likely approaching the last few years of their career, and while they have been productive at times they have been unable to show any consistency in recent years.
It seems unlikely that the Giants will take a wide receiver in the earlier rounds of the draft, but if they were too, they should take a larger player at the position.
Eguanimeous St. Brown is 6’4″, 214 lbs, and runs a sub 4.5 40-yard-dash, is projected to go in the second to third round. He has the potential to be better than the top WR prospects, but has not gotten much opportunity.[sc name=”StubHub”]
Auden Tate 6’5″, 228 lbs is projectied to go in the second to third round and is a huge mismatch for defensive backs and linebackers. Lined up with the already dynamic talent on that offense. He is still very young, coming into this league after his junior year in college and could be a great complimentary peace.
When looking at the current roster of the New York Giants, there is one player that jumps out at me. Cody Latimer is 25 years old and spent the last four seasons playing in the shadow of Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Never being able truly show his fully potentional, it is possible that his best days are ahead of him.
To me, Latimer could fit in is a more than quality WR2 for the Giants, but it would not surprise me if they upgrade the decision.