2009 Jerry Reese takes a small handful of inexperienced safeties into training camp after not resigning strong safety James Butler. By game #3 '08 first round draft pick Kenny Phillips goes down with a serious knee injury, leaving Michael Johnson the 7th round pick in '07 draft to be the leader. The Giants scrambled to fix the problem and signed CC Brown and Aaron Rouse. You remember how that turned out.
In 2010 the Giants were thin at receiver due to injuries. The Giants made a move to resigned Derek Hagan, a sure handed possession receiver and a perfect back up to Steve Smith. However, Jerry Reese chose not to resign Hagan after last season.
I think most people will admit that Derek Hagan was no Steve Smith; however, he knew the system and he proved to a sure handed receiver that had 24 catches for 223 yards in only 7 games. He would have helped now.
Here we go again...
Injuries happen to every team in the NFL but we can all admit the Giants made a colossal mistake not replacing the vital parts that they lost in Free Agency. Today the Giants signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley. Stokley is well traveled but deserves a chance. He is a safe signing, and the Giants like safe, unlike the unpredictable Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
Stokley is a savvy receiver and has the knack for making big plays. Eli's brother Peyton Manning worked with Stokley for a handful of years and the two became a highly productive tandem.
Most fans are screaming for T.O. or Moss, which is understandable since they have been two of most exciting players in the NFL over the last decade.
Stokley is good for this offense. He runs hard, precise routes and he has good hands. If his groin is fully healed from the 2010 season I would expect him to be a great outlet for Eli; however, the pattern of being unprepared speaks volumes.