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Wide Receiver Louis Murphy Visiting New York Giants

March 15th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants will host free agent wide receiver Louis Murphy (Carolina Panthers) today, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Originally a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2009 NFL Draft, Murphy spent the 2012 season with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. He hauled in 25 passes (60 targets) for 336 yards and a touchdowns. However, although he averaged 13.4 yards per reception, Pro Football Focus notes that he averaged only 0.86 yards per route run last year – third lowest of any wide receiver in the league.

In 57 career games, Murphy has hauled in 115 receptions for 1,707 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also been known to run the ball of a time or two, gaining 146 yards on 14 attempts (10.4 ypc).

Considering Murphy offers little in the way of a return man or a special teams presence, the interest he's drawing from the Giants seems a bit bit suspect. Up until this point, most of the wide receivers that have piqued their interest have been multi-faceted – likely targets to replace Ramses Barden and/or Domenik Hixon, who recently received an offer from the Detroit Lions.

Prior to being drafted by the Raiders, Murphy spent his college years at Florida with Tim Tebow.

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11 Responses to “Wide Receiver Louis Murphy Visiting New York Giants”

  1.  Remy says:

    Didn’t see this one coming

  2. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Wasn’t Murphy a kick returner at Florida?

  3.  wrdag says:

    It crossed my mind while reading the Ross article that knowing the system is more important than most of the guys here are giving credit for. I know hes getting up in age and he has limited upside but and this big, he has played a number of years for one Perry Fewell. Yes, you all remember him he is still the DC on this team, a man who could complicate a one car funeral. So ask yourself, when the D is pushed back to our 40 and facing 3rd n12 and the defensive call comes in and we get the familiar waving of the hands in the secondary as they try to decipher the call from the sideline would you rather have Ross back there as a nickel or dime backer or a rookie or first year guy?

  4.  jfunk says:

    Sounds like Aaron Ross is a smart kid. His comments to JR when he left (“I’ve got a three year contract and as soon as it’s over I’ll be ready to come home”) show that he knew what he was doing.

    He was going to a bad situation, but he had to take the money while he had a chance. Spent one year at a crap job for somewhere between $2.5 – 3M (hard to find details on what exactly his incentives he could have reached last year were), and now he gets to come back home. Thanks Mr. Khan.

    •  jfunk says:

      That should be $2.5M-5M.

      He was guaranteed $2.25M and had a $100K Pro-Bowl incentive. So somewhere between not playing a down and going to the Pro-Bowl there were $2.4M in other incentives he may or may not have reached.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    It is often this time of year that is the absolute worse for a fan. And a quick reality check should reveal to us all that the frustration and angst comes from one thing. Admit it or not, we mostly get involved with what other teams are doing in comparison to our team.

    Free agents who got signed, who left? God forbid a player leave your team and sign with another. In the case of Phillips, Smith, MARK BAVARO for God’s sake.
    Hell, the Giants lost two rather good defensive tackles to the Redskins.
    Albeit the skins was mostly a respectful rivalry but Coefiled is a pretty good DT.

    A deep breath and hot cup of coffee is enough to snap out of it. None of the players who leave will have staggering negative effect on this team.
    Thats because their leaving is hardly ever a total surprise. We may feel the GM or owner has been blindsided. But the job of a GM is to work out the counters to moves players might make. Perhaps the only unpredictable facet of this game is injury. Injury is a fact of NFL live that still blindsides everyone. Certainly when injury strikes in football, all kinds of red flags go up.
    The GM may not wave them, but they are duly noted.

    Months ago I posted that Kenny Phillips might be gone. And I do believe I added that his knees were going to be an issue going forward.
    The ball club was prepared for that event and the proof is Will Hill.
    This scouting department went out and found a kid who is physically ready to play. And because this was a chance for Hill to recover part of his life that he thought was gone, his motivation is beyond question. Hill s ready.
    And for those of us who can’t see it, Will Hill is a marvelous football player. Don’t take my word for it, just watch who gets to start at safety alongside Role.

    The same can be said for Bennett and other players who for one reason or another leave. Because the possibility of a player any player leaving has to have been considered by the GM along with the appropriate measured response.

    Jerry Reese and Marc Ross have selected ball players in the belief that they can develop into solid players. And although some (I have) trivialize their efforts in scouting and finally selecting players as a crap shoot. I ‘am here to say there is a large void between a crap shoot and an informed decision.

    No, these guys and their associate scouts know a good player when they see one. In many cases they understand how to look at a seemingly unremarakable individual and make projections. That’s because professional scouts live and breathe this stuff. Are they ever dead wrong? You bet your **** they are. It’s part of the job that’s always haunting them. Because at stake is their livelihood.

    We see video, mostly favorable clips strung together to attract attention. Reese, Ross and company see it real time, live and in living color.
    THEY KNOW THE DEAL.

    Is possible for layman to see and understand athletic talent as it applies to professional football or any other pro sport? Of course, it is and it happens often. It’s a byproduct of either having played, coached or simply watching with intent and attention to detail. But to see the subtleties in person and while live plays are developing? No brother, that takes experience and tutoring……and years of it.

    When laymen see talent in a player, (I still remember seeing Don Mattingly first game against Texas on the road, and thinking holly $7|+ this guy can play.) But daaaa…. He was with the big club, and you would have to be Stevland Morris to miss his understanding the strike zone and how he simply destroyed the ball when it entered said zone. Those with talent usually jump out at you. If you are even remotely familiar with the particular game being played, you know it.

    This is not fan boy $h|+. Because I would be the first to tell you that no one in the Giant scouting department could tell you what an all pro linebacker even looks like. I would most likely be dreadfully wrong. But I reserve the right to **** about it all I want. Such is life LOL. Yeah, they piss me off sometimes.

    This much is for sure; it’s not what “OTHER” teams are doing that counts.
    It’s what YOUR team is doing. And try hard not to compare the Giants business against what goes on in Dula$$, Filthadelphia or the nations “lower case”. Number one, where have they been over the last 10 years or so? Number two, what works for this team often will not work for the other guys physically or financially.

    If you are trying to find a silver lining you have to look at the young players and hope they get an opportunity to prove their worth. They won’t get that chance watching, they have to play. This ball club understands which of them is ready. I am pretty sure if they had no promise, they would not be here.
    And you can book that. So despite our concerns and worry, it’s all about one simple tenet:

    NO GOOD GM WILL EVER LET A GAME CHANGING PLAYER WALK OVER MONEY UNLESS THAT GM KNOWS THAT ANOTHER PLAYER OF EQUAL OR BETTER TALENT IS EITHER ON HIS ROSTER, OR SOON WILL BE.

    If your GM doesn’t operate under those rules, he’s not much of a GM and will not be employed very long. Also, Reese draws a line which he will not cross. It’s business it’s principal and it’s financially fair. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. That is the pure and simple truth.

    I don’t want to have to tell you BTCHS again, ya hear me? Now loosen up. LOL

  6.  JIMMIE D says:

    rlhjr: IF YOU EVER RUN FOR OFFICE, {in CT.} YOU HAVE MY VOTE!
    WOW, I’m inspired, really good post, thoroughly thought out. BTW, I’m still CT GIANT, but do to circumstances beyond my control, I end up as Jimmie D.
    PS Who freaking cares!

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