Last week, the New York Giants picked up (what they hope will be) a huge addition to their offense by drafting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU.
This offseason, the Giants found themselves lacking some firepower on offense after Hakeem Nicks signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The loss hurt New York but nobody expected Nicks to come back after a year of lingering injuries, miscommunications with the coaching staff and, quite shockingly, no touchdowns.
Beckham now joins Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Mario Manningham and Jerrel Jernigan as New York’s threats along the outside. Of the four, Cruz is really the only polished receiver with a clean bill of health, as he has shown the last two years that he is a reliable target and constant offensive threat for Eli Manning.
Randle showed some nice things last season, developing into a weapon for the Giants in the red zone. However, he desperately needs to eradicate the chemistry issues between him and Manning. Too often last season, Randle and Manning were thinking two different things on a given offensive play. Most of the time it led to the Giants chasing down a defender after an ugly interception.
Similar to Nicks, Manningham has battled injures the last two seasons, so New York is not sure where exactly he will be when the season rolls around. The Giants also need to be realistic about Manningham and accept the fact that, if he is able to contribute this season, it will likely not be to the extent that it once was.
At the very end of last season, the Giants were pleasantly surprised with Jernigan, who had a couple of breakout games. New York had been waiting desperately for some signs of life out of Jernigan, as his role will likely be expanded this year. However, the Giants are going to need a larger sample size than just a couple of games before they can put their full trust into him.
As you can see, there are still quite a few question marks along this unit. Because it is not as deep as it once was, Beckham will have an immediate chance to catapult himself into the starting lineup. If Manning and Randle can’t get on the same page, Beckham will need to have a big year for New York.