Welcome to a new segment: Friday’s Frank Fact or Fiction.
Today, we will look at the triple threat at wide receiver for the New York Giants and determine whether they are the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL.
While the NFL is a quarterback’s game, a quarterback’s game is half determined by their wide receivers. If you need an example of this, take a look at the Giants’ evil cousins, the New York Jets. Yes, I am saying Mark Sanchez is a good quarterback and in my opinion is getting a lot more heat than he deserves. Well…aside from the butt fumble.
Yet, when Sanchez had Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes as the dynamic duo with Dustin Keller and Brad Smith as the sidekicks, Sanchez went to the AFC Championship game…twice.
So that being said, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Rueben Randle are a huge part of the Giants offense, especially this season as they enter with an unknown at the running back position. But are they the best group of receivers in the game.
My answer: Frank Fact
Let me be frank here. Yes, there is Denver with Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker who combined for 23 TDs, the most touchdowns of any other wide receiver duo (and now they have Welker). Yes, there is Atlanta with Julio Jones and Roddy White who combined for 2,549 receiving yards, the most of any other wide receiver duo. Yes, with the addition of Percy Harvin, the Seattle Seahawks are studs on offense.
But these teams don’t have a third explosive option at wide receiver like the New York Giants do. If you have read my articles, you will see how much I grandiosely speak of Randle because of the way the coaching staff has communicated their excitement over his improvements during the offseason, especially working closely with Eli Manning. Randle’s talent matches that of a number two or even number one on some teams, so he is a steal for the Giants offensively. You add the Pro Bowler Cruz and the first round pick Nicks, who should have a great season if he stays healthy, it’s an unstoppable force.
It is the third option that has made the Giants a perennial threat on offense. Before Cruz came along, Mario Manningham was the number two option and then became a number three option. It led to Manningham becoming an integral part on the late fourth-quarter drive that led to a Super Bowl victory in 2012.
Keep in mind, I am not including tight ends in this discussion. If this were the case, I wouldn’t hesitate to say no to the Giants having the best wide receiver/ tight end combination. But when it comes to wide receivers, name me another triple threat in the NFL that is better.
It’s a no-contest. The Giants have the best group of wide receivers in the NFL and if Nicks ends up re-signing with the Giants after this season, then this group could be around for several years. Therefore, if they run roughshod over opposing defenses like they should this season, imagine next year and the following year.
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