Amani Toomer took to the air with the Giants from 1996-2008, shattering the team’s receiving records with 668 catches, 9,497 yards and 54 touchdowns.
Now, the 37-year-old Weehawken, N.J., resident is taking to the air in his second year as WWOR My9’s Giants post-game analyst. He’ll be breaking down Sunday’s ?Seahawks-Giants game shortly after the MetLife Stadium clock shows “00:00.”
Toomer shared some of his insights with amNewYork this week:
How is the transition from player to analyst going? I think the show from this year to last year has come light years. ... We’re actually at the home games and we’re at the Timex Performance Center during away games. ... I’m really enjoying staying close to the Giants.
What do you make of Eli Manning’s composure late in games this year? The thing about Eli is he’s just most comfortable in that two-minute drill when everything’s spread out. ... They’re going to run the ball with six people in the box and throw the ball with seven people. ... He’s always been better under pressure.
What has surprised you about the 2-2 Jets? I think the Jets have a really big problem in terms of what they are traditionally good at — which is stopping the run and defense — they’re just not as good at that anymore this year. I can’t explain it. You look at it on paper, they’re the same guys and they should be good. But they’re not. ... To see the Jets get pushed around, I just haven’t seen that since Rex [Ryan] has been here.
What do you expect when they visit the Patriots on Sunday? Whenever your team is struggling, to me, the best thing they could have is a big opportunity against a good opponent. Everybody’s going to raise their level of play.
How will the 3-1 Giants fare at home against the 1-3 Seahawks? This is a game that I would hate to play in. Because you got a team, the Giants, that’s hot. And you have Seattle, a team that’s playing well but losing. ... [Seattle is] gonna brawl. They’re have going to have nothing to lose. I mean, they’re not going to the playoffs. The Giants have that opportunity. Put it this way: If the Giants win, then they were supposed to win. If the Giants lose, then it’s a huge [upset]. It’s a no-win situation.