New York Giants: Amani Toomer Harsh, Yet Accurate When Discussing Team’s WRs

New York Giants legend Amani Toomer recently gave his take on the state of the Giants’ roster. Toomer, a Super Bowl champion, spoke to the New York Post and made headlines for what he said about the team’s playmakers. Amani Toomer referred to the Giants’ wide receivers as a “lacking” unit.

Amani Toomer was hard on the Giants’ receivers. His criticisms were harsh- but they were valid. Toomer’s statements were accurate. The Giants’ wide receivers are lacking. Toomer made a few more specific statements on individual players and most everything he said was true.

The Giants’ “Lacking” Wide Receiver Group

The Giants’ wide receivers heading into 2020 are Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton. This is a solid receiver corps, but it is indeed lacking. Mainly, the Giants are lacking a true number one receiver. That go-to guy for Daniel Jones to depend on all game is not there. Of course, New York had that but traded Odell Beckham Jr while his price was still high. That was a move that looked quite ridiculous at the moment but now seems to have been the smart move.

Regardless of whether or not the Giants were right to trade Odell, they are still lacking an explosive receiving threat. You could even argue the Giants’ best receiver is their running back.

Amani Toomer and I agree- there is potential in one of the Giants’ receivers to emerge as that true threat. Toomer said he thinks Slayton is the guy that “has the most upside.’’ Darius Slayton had an excellent rookie season. If he can take that next step in 2020 then he can blossom into a legitimate threat as New York’s number one wideout. But Slayton is more likely to thrive as a really good number two receiver.

Amani’s next criticism is again, highly accurate. When discussing the duo of Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, Toomer stated, “I think Golden Tate is just a tougher version of [Shepard]. Basically they’re the same receiver, but Golden Tate is a tougher version of him.’’

Toomer tells no lies. Shepard and Tate are both similarly-sized slot receivers. Neither of them is particularly great at separating from defenders, but they both are sure-handed and reliable. Both receivers are explosive after the catch, Tate a little more than Shepard, though. Overall, Toomer is right. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are essentially the same players. One could argue that having two players so similar in the same offense creates dysfunction. Both of these players excel in the slot, but more often than not they are forced to alternating playing outside where they are less effective. This is something that the Giants will need to fix in the future to give Daniel Jones a more consistent offense.

Amani’s Peculiar Criticism Of Sterling Shepard

Amani Toomer did make one point that I do not necessarily agree with, though. When discussing Sterling Shepard, Amani said “I’m a little disappointed with Shepard, I don’t know.” He then continued, saying, “My dad always used to tell me, ‘He’s hell when he’s well, he’s just sick all the time.’ That’s what I think when I think of him. He’s just always, there’s always something hurt, or something.”

The reason I disagree with Amani here is that Shepard is not at fault for this. Sterling has not disappointed me by being concussed. Sure, he missed a lot of time in 2019 dealing with injuries. But those injuries were concussions that could have dramatic effects on Sterling’s long-term health. It’s not like he’s missing four weeks with a sore hamstring. He’s been dealing with bruises on his brain. In fact, Shepard, in my opinion, is one of the tougher players on the Giants.

In 2017, the Giants were ravaged with injuries. In the same game, Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, and Sterling Shepard were injured. Beckham, Marshall, and Harris’s injuries were all season-ending. Sterling managed to recover rather quickly from his injury and come back three weeks later. It was a pretty nasty ankle sprain for Sterling, and in a completely lost season that ended in a 3-13 record. Sterling plays through injuries when he can.

Overall, Amani Toomer was harsh, but he was accurate. He gave his opinions and I do not agree with everything he said, but he is correct in stating that the Giants’ wide receiver corps is “lacking.” Hopefully, in a new offensive scheme, Daniel Jones and the Giants can get the best out of their receivers and find success on offense in 2020.

New York Giants: One of the most underappreciated player in Giants history

New York Giants, Amani Toomer

Taking a look at a New York Giants player who’s wrongfully underappreciated.

Quarantine is becoming the new norm for people across the planet amid the coronavirus outbreak, and most have resorted to living in the past to supplement the troublesome future. With Fox replaying the New York Giants’ win over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl of 2007, we can rejoice in a moment of perfection. Taking down an undefeated team in an improbable matchup will live on forever in Giants’ history, but one player was instrumental in the victory.

Amani Toomer, one of the Giants’ most consistent and successful wide receivers, finished one of the best Super Bowls 6-for-6 on catches with 84 yards. His stability and steady hands gave Eli Manning a target throughout the game that he could rely on, including an incredible sideline catch that Toomer just barely snuck his feet in bounds for.

How well did Amani Toomer player for the New York Giants?

Toomer pieced together five consecutive seasons of 1,000-yard from 1999-2003, posting numbers worthy enough for him to be inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor. Interestingly, his career 53.9 catch rate wasn’t anything to write home about, but his top seasons were undoubtedly fantastic. In the time span mentioned above, he secured 36 total touchdowns, cementing himself as Big Blue’s top red-zone threat along with Jeremy Shockey. During his prime, he also remained incredibly healthy, missing zero games in those five seasons.

There would be many more quality receivers to wear blue after Toomer’s dominance in the early 2000s, but he is often forgotten in history. The part he played in the Super Bowl win over New England is brushed aside in favor of Manning’s heroics and David Tyree’s helmet catch. The truth remains — many contributed to such an astounding feat, but Toomer was doing it far before the Giants overcame the undefeated Patriots in 2007.

 

New York Giants: Amani Toomer’s Scathing Daniel Jones Criticism

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is probably the quarterback of the New York Giants for the foreseeable future, and has racked up a lot of praises from the fanbase and from other figures around the team who believe the Giants have gotten a reliable player for the future by selecting him with their first pick in the 2019 Draft, but that doesn’t mean the second year quarterback is without critics.

Sometimes, those critics are even high profile. In this case the criticism is coming from one of the better Giants receivers of the past and a man who holds multiple team records at the position – Amani Toomer. While speaking to WFAN Sports Radio, Toomer voiced some less than popular ideas about Jones and his future prospects.

While Toomer did say that he was excited, he also claimed to not know what the Giants have with Jones. “He had a couple good games early, but most quarterbacks when they get their first start they’re going to succeed because nobody has the book on them. They don’t know what they’re gonna do, don’t know what they like, what they don’t like; basically they’re playing honest.”

“But more film, more defenses are allowed to cheat and take away tendencies, and that’s when usually quarterbacks will have four good games and all of a sudden go in the tank,” he continued.

It’s easily forgotten these days, but that trend held true for multiple quarterbacks in the fairly recent past – there was a time when one of the top rising rookies in the league was Robert Griffin III, and when the read option looked like a dominant strategy. These trends fizzled out thanks to teams getting more film, and every year, there seems to be a number of rookies who look good before dropping in performance when teams get better at facing them.

It’s especially easy for it to happen to quarterbacks, as the position that gets the most attention, which is perhaps part of Toomer’s point.

“I think he had some resurgence toward the end of the season, the injury situation he got with his ankle, you just don’t know,” Toomer said.

Whether Daniel Jones has a sophomore slump or not will be a determining factor in whether the Giants have a bounce back year or not. One can only hope the second year quarterback moves up rather than slowing down once other teams know how to deal with him.

New York Giants: Top Quarterback Prospect Declares For The 2019 Draft

Could the New York Giants draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick?

New York Giants fans have been debating all season long what their team should do this off season. The offseason is finally here and the 2019 NFL Draft will soon be here too. The Giants have a big decision to make: should they draft a quarterback or address another position of need?

Fans want the Giants to draft a quarterback because of current quarterback Eli Manning’s age and regression. Eli turned 38 years old this month, so how much longer he can play in the NFL is unclear. The Giants could choose to move on from Manning and draft his successor this offseason. If the Giants do decide to draft a quarterback, they now officially have a top quarterback prospect to pay attention to.

Dwayne Haskins Jr. Declares for the 2019 NFL Draft

On January 7th, 2019, the top quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins Jr., officially declared for the draft.

The red-shirt junior out of Ohio State University has quickly soared to the top of the draft board for most analysts. Haskins is the best quarterback in the draft. The talent at that position in this class drops off significantly after Haskins. If the Giants want to draft a quarterback this year, Haskins is by far their best option.

Statistics And Records:

2018 was Haskins’s first year as a starter. In 2018, Haskins broke plenty of college football records. Dwayne threw 50 touchdown passes this season which is the most ever by a quarterback in the Big-Ten in a single season. He even surpassed all-pro quarterback Drew Brees to break this record. He also broke the Big-Ten record for single-season passing yards with 4,831 yards. On top of all that, Haskins completed 70% of his passes this season, a record for Ohio State quarterbacks. Haskins’s amazing play in 2018 lead him to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Connection To The Giants:

Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a New Jersey native who grew up a big Giants fan. In an interview at the Heisman ceremony, Haskins discussed his life-long love for the Giants. He recalled childhood memories of Giants’ training camp and watching legends such as Jeremy Shockey, Amani Toomer, and more.

When asked about the Giants’ current quarterback Eli Manning, Haskins referred to him as a “legend.” He added that he would love to sit behind Eli and learn from him if the Giants do draft him.

Haskins also has a friendship with Giants’ pro bowl running back Saquon Barkley. Him and Barkley have been friend since high school. Haskins would love to have the opportunity to play alongside his friend Saquon and within the prestigious franchise that is the New York Giants.

Check out the full interview below:

New York Giants: Eli Manning Gets John Elway Comparison From Amani Toomer

The 2018 New York Giants team has captured the attention of a number of former players, both from the Giants and other franchises. 2007 Super Bowl champion receiver Amani Toomer is no exception. Toomer talked to the New York Post, about the Giants struggles in 2017 and what the team looks like going forward into 2018.

Specifically, he talked about Eli Manning and the big difference between last year and this year. “The fact that he hasn’t really had the offensive line, it seems like sometimes he tries to make things happen and I just see him pressing,” Toomer said.

The statement that Manning didn’t have an offensive line is mostly correct. The Giants front office certainly agrees with it, as fans can expect four or five of the starters on the line to be different from they were last year. The team brought in Nate Solder and Patrick Omaneh, and drafted Will Hernandez, to fix that problem.

They also spent the second pick on Saquon Barkley, which leads into Toomer’s next statement. “With a solid running game, it’s not all going to be on him. I pointed to what John Elway did the last couple of years with the Broncos when they brought in Terrell Davis and it really helped him be a better quarterback because he wasn’t forced to do everything. You’ll see [Eli] having more time, looking down the field, not being rushed and throwing the ball all over the place.”

Toomer’s predictions about how Manning will perform better with more support from the running game and offensive line are close to many fan predictions going into the season, and it’s only a few weeks before we’ll get to see how accurate they are. The Giants will play their first preseason game on Thursday, when they take on the Cleveland Browns at home.