Less than 24 hours after visiting the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, 25-year old wide receiver Louis Murphy has signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants. A talented receiver drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2009, Murphy caught passes for 1,371 yards and six touchdowns in his three years with them before moving onto the Carolina Panthers. Once there, Murphy was an almost forgotten receiver, starting only five of 16 games and catching only 25 receptions on 60 targets for 336 yards and one touchdown.
It would be difficult for a player like Murphy to make a name for himself with teams like the Raiders and the Panthers, as their offenses tend to focus on one wide receiver, with the others playing reduced roles, but with the Giants, the sky’s the limit. With a high passing offense like they play in New York, an offense where a lot of receivers will see high yards throughout the season with an accurate quarterback in Eli Manning, it is possible for Murphy to make a big impact.
Louis Murphy has the blistering speed that will help him breakaway from cornerbacks, so as long as he is able to keep the ball in his hands, he could be looking at a pretty productive season. The Giants made a smart move this offseason by bringing in Murphy as he is a strong contender for a number 4 or even number 3 receiver if he can beat out Rueben Randle, but with the likely exit of Ramses Barden and possibly Domenik Hixon too, there is definitely room for him.
Look for Murphy to bring a new level of speed to the background receiver corps. The New York Giants are coming off a poor season (by their standards) and will be looking to contend for the Super Bowl again next season. Louis Murphy could be a big help in that run. He will be particularly useful in games against the likes of the Seattle Seahawks where Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks find it hard to get separation from the elite cornerbacks like Richard Sherman.
Predicton: 575 yards 3 touchdowns
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