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Gilbride wanted Smith, gets Stokley

UPDATE: Agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia

UPDATE: Agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles
STEVE SMITH
Wide receiver, New York Giants
2010 stats:
48 receptions, 529 yards, 3 TDs
Smith was placed on IR in December after injuring cartilage in his left knee. He underwent surgery, completed rehab and is ready to return. He had a great rapport with Eli Manning and established himself as the No. 1 receiver for the Giants before his injury. He's only one year removed from a season where he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
Photo Credit: AP, 2009

Kevin Gilbride has Brandon Stokley. He made no bones about the fact that what he really wanted was Steve Smith.

“We had wanted all along Steve Smith back and that was the objective, that was the hope and the expectation,” the Giants’ offensive coordinator said. “But when that didn’t happen, then we have two young guys that we think can do it (in Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan). How fast will they be able to evolve into the experienced receiver that you need at that spot where everything is happening so quickly inside? The powers above me made that decision and we needed to add this additional receiver.

“I feel pretty good about this particular guy because he is an intelligent guy who has shown the quickness that you need to react to with all the different variables that they place inside and also to have the quickness to get some separation when they are playing cover two or man,” Gilbride said. “I think he will bring something to the table that we are looking forward to having and what we were really in need of since Steve Smith’s injury.”

NOTE: I updated the info in the first quote from Gilbride to be a reference to Cruz and Jernigan, not Cruz and Hixon.

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