Ramses Barden knows its time to step it up. The former New York Giants 2009 third round pick has yet to make it a full season without an injury. He also probably finds himself at sixth on the current depth chart. What usually happens to the sixth wide receiver on the depth chart is that he ends up being a special teamer which doesn’t really fit Barden’s skill set. This begs the question, could Barden be cut?
Dan DePalma and David Douglas have had great training camps so far. DePalma and Douglas are more versatile players than Barden. Douglas could probably contribute on special teams. DePalma has volunteered to play defensive back if he needs to just to make the team. Barden probably wouldn’t be able to do either.
At this point, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and Domenik Hixon are all ahead of Barden. If there’s an injury to any one of these guys during the preseason and they miss time, then Barden could be the guy to take the spot. If no one is hurt, Barden could be in some trouble.
It’s not like Barden doesn’t have anything going for him. He’s a big, physical guy who could be a real nice redzone target. That’s exactly why the Giants drafted him. He was supposed to replace Plaxico Burress as the big redzone target. Three years laser it hasn’t worked out that way.
The time is now for Barden. He needs to go and prove himself during this camp. If he doesn’t, he won’t be on Big Blue come September.