A year ago, this would have been huge, earth-shaking news out of the Combine for the Giants. This year, it isn't. Should it be?
Sure things have changed a bit. Steve Smith became a 1,000-yard receiver for the Giants and played in the Pro Bowl. Hakeem Nicks had a terrific rookie season. Eli Manning had the best passing numbers of his career. Mario Manningham showed some flashes, Domenik Hixon continued to be productive and improve as a receiver, and the team is still high on what's behind cutrain number one (the great unknown that is Ramses Barden).
Who'll replace Plaxico? They answered that question.
But one of their options a year ago to help replace Burress is apparently STILL out there. And available. Hmm. Imagine a passing game that has Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin lined up as the starting receivers and then brings in Hakeem Nicks when it goes to three wides? Brings in Manningham when it goes to four? What kind of room would that create for a running game that, despite the success of the passing game last year found little room to maneuver in crowded boxes?
Worried about too many receivers? The Giants didn't seem to be worried about too many defensive linemen last year. Remember their credo when it comes to things like this: Competition makes everyone better.
Obviously there isn't as much frenzy about finding a receiver for the Giants this year as there was last year. But maybe there could be. Maybe there should be.
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