The New York Giants provided QB Eli Manning with a speedy vertical threat this offseason, signing WR Louis Murphy, who was previously with the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers in his brief career. This provides an interesting dynamic to an offense that has never really benefited from a speedy threat.
Since we know the Giants will rely on WR Hakeem Nicks and WR Victor Cruz, what role will Murphy have?
If Murphy impresses throughout training camp and in the preseason, he has a legit chance of surpassing WR Reuben Randle and being the team’s third wide receiver.
He didn’t waste any time trying to impress Manning and develop chemistry. After Murphy was signed, he joined Manning at Duke University to run routes and catch passes. It was reported that Denver Broncos‘ QB Peyton Manning was also there with free-agent signee WR Wes Welker.
Randle, who certainly could’ve used the time with Manning, decided not to show up. He was seldom used last season but did have some breakout moments. The Giants are hoping Randle can continue to progress, but the chance is there for Murphy for become the third receiver.
If Murphy is a speed threat on the outside, that will make the Giants more comfortable in keeping Cruz in the slot on passing situations. As general manager Jerry Reese stated upon signing Murphy, the Giants have never had a player who can take the top off the defense.
If Nicks can stay healthy, coupled with the explosive running game led by RB David Wilson, the Giants could become one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.