Free Agent Josh Cribbs Visits New York Giants
Josh Cribbs is expected to be at the New York Giants‘ practice facility today, according to the NY Daily News. Cribbs is turning 30 next month, and he is currently in the process of visiting with teams to find a destination to play next season.
The main thing the Giants are looking at during this visit is Cribbs’ surgically repaired knee. While in March it appeared he had signed with the Arizona Cardinals, he reportedly failed his physical because of his torn meniscus. This is an obvious concern, but assuming he is well on the way to recovery, Cribbs could be an excellent addition to the Giants.
For one, Cribbs is an incredibly dynamic player. He has 11 return touchdowns over his eight-year career and is a well-known force in the return game. More importantly, Cribbs can replace David Wilson returning kicks very well, which would allow Wilson to focus his efforts more on the running game. Wilson showed incredible promise last season, and having Cribbs handling return duties will allow Wilson to further build his skills at running back which will equip him with the experience necessary to be a dominant force in the NFL.
Even with the positive effect he will bring to the team, signing Cribbs is not very likely. He is visiting with several other teams, such as the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets, and he actually passed his physical with the Raiders before he headed out to the east coast.
Even with David Wilson, adding any proven kick returner to the team meets a substantial need for the Giants. The team has had only one return touchdown over the past three seasons and five during the last eight years when Cribbs alone had 11. Despite his age, adding Cribbs would make the Giants’ special teams more exciting than it has been in years.