Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden can't help Big Blue. Mario Manningham will be the New York Giant's #1 wide receiver on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he won't have much help behind him. Derek Hagan just signed a week ago, and coach Tom Coughlin admits he's rusty; Duke Calhoun is healthy, but the rookie special teams player barely knows the playbook.
I would say it's time for plan B, but in all honesty the Giants are working on plan D or F at this point. So what's next?
For the second consecutive week, let's run down the list of possibilities, on the roster and off:
- Michael Clayton: The 15th overall pick from the 2004 draft, Clayton never really lived up to his potential in the NFL. He's currently a member of the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, but is in New Jersey today for a Big Blue workout. At 6'–4'' and 215 lbs., Clayton has the size to play the X role for the Giants. If the Giants want to sign Clayton, it will cost them a $150,000 transfer fee payable to the UFL, but something tells me a few dollars aren't going to stop the Giants from getting the guy they want here. Eli will write the check himself if he has to.
- Kevin Curtis: While Clayton is definitely in the building today for a workout, we've been told that the Giants "may call" Curtis later in the day. Our G101 GM translator says that means that Clayton is the first choice, but Curtis is next on tap if Clayton falls through. We said it last week during our "Let's Find A WR" Tuesday, but Curtis hasn't played football in a while, and Clayton would presumably already be in football shape. Go Nighthawks!
- Sammy Giguere: Giguere is an interesting possibility here, having been on the practice squad since mid–October. Giguere is a little guy at only 5'–11'', and something tells me at 215 lbs. he's not lightning quick. Nonetheless, he's been around the team and should have some kind of grasp of the playbook. Coughlin was asked about Giguere at his presser yesterday, and gave the usual "Everyone here will be considered" line, before adding that it made no sense to comment on Giguere until he saw everyone else at the workout.
- Antrel Rolle: Really? Yep. Coughlin was asked about this at yesterday's press session, apparently by a reporter who heard from Antrel himself that he'd be interested. If Rolle does make an offensive appearance, it will be a few specific plays, not a general role on the offense. And if you were expecting Coughlin to shut it down immediately, you'd be surprised as I was by the answer.
"We're aware of Antrel's athletic skills and as I said, everything will be taken into consideration."
- Travis Beckum: Coughlin, when asked about Beckum, said that Beckum will continue to be used the way he's been used. An astute reporter realized the double speak, and got Coughlin to admit that while Beckum won't be doing much different than he's been doing, he certainly will be doing more of it. The Giants have waited patiently for Beckum to develop, but along with fellow tight ends Kevin Boss and Bear Pascoe, Beckum is going to need to be a legitimate target for Eli Manning this Sunday…and for the next few Sundays.
- Darius Reynaud: Whether you're laughing or crying about this one, it's a legit possibility if he's healthy. Coughlin said two weeks ago that he thought Reynaud was a week away, and the guy has played some receiver. With a healthy hamstring, no job returning kicks, and a full season with the playbook, Reynaud might see more reps than any of the guys on this list. If he's healthy.
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