Every year, the fire power on the offensive side of the ball looks frightening (in a good way) for the New York Giants — on paper. But, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) started and so too did the injuries. Yay.
Fullback Henry Hynoski underwent surgery on Friday to repair the MCL tear and the tibial fracture he incurred earlier in the week. The Giants’ team physician, Dr. Russell Warren (at the Hospital for Special Surgery) performed the surgery, of course. The Hynocerous isn’t as doubtful as some about the 2013 season.
"I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season," Hynoski said. "They said that is not an unrealistic goal, and I will do everything in my power to be ready for the start of the season."
Although many have their proverbial panties in a bunch over both number one and two wideouts, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz (OTA no-show and RFA still unsigned), the team does have talent in their depth pool and these kids getting more reps may become a blessing in disguise. Said depth now includes: Rueben Randle (projected third wide receiver on the final 53-man), Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Louis Murphy, Kris Adams, Brandon Collins, Kevin Hardy, and Jeremy Horne.
Second year wideout Randle has already voiced that he wants to be more in blue. He wants to improve upon where he left off in 2012 and gain more YAC (yards after the catch).
"Last year I didn't have a lot of deep balls — caught slants and bursts and trying to get about 15 yards extra after the catch. That's something I want to show that I can do this year," Randle said.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride thinks Louis Murphy could work out in the temporarily vacant slot position while Cruz remained out of practices. Murphy has shined so far (albeit in non-contacts). Murphy is in his third offensive system in just as many years — and most likely the most difficult to grasp — however, he claims although the Giants' offense is a little different than what he's used to, he likes the way the OTAs are coming along.
"It's a little different but I like it a lot," Murphy said this week. "It does a lot of different things that works to my benefit. I like to stretch the field, I can go into the slot, play outside — I can do it all. But I do like to stretch the field."
"I've been here three years; I know the offense and just have to go out there and make some plays and contribute to my team," Jernigan said.
Speaking of the “bust” label, Ramses Barden is again officially in a Giants uniform.
Even after his coming out party in Charlotte, North Carolina last season, folks still prefer to place him on the disposable pile. Given the proper opportunity, he can perform and even quarterback Eli Manning proved it that September Thursday evening — that he did have quite a bit of trust in the fifth year, 6’6” “Plaxico replacement.” Maybe that preconceived notion was the initial nail in this kid’s coffin… Either way, Barden is happy to remain here, despite what he rumbled during free agency. All one has to do is watch #13 on the sidelines; he does love it in New York.
“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where I wanted to be and now I’m here. I was out there listening to the calls, getting back into the rhythm of the cadence, enjoying the camaraderie and absorbing everything. I remember everything; I’ve had four years to soak it all up. I’m happy to be back on the field. I feel great. I expect the best.”
On paper (as always this time of year), things look to be endless in possibilities through the air. The remaining two factors shall tell us the reality, come regular season: health and Easy E. The latter is conversation left for another day.
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