Multiple reports are now confirming that the NY Giants have signed WR Brandon Stokley, and to make room on the 53-man roster they’ve waived DE Justin Trattou back to the practice squad.
My thoughts on the Stokley signing are here.
Stokley’s most famous claim to fame is of course his game winning tipped reception in Denver from 2009… one of NFL’s wild plays of that season. But one of the plays of the year for Stokley last year was this 45 yard TD in the playoffs during the Seattle Seahawks upset Wild Card game.
The Giants are obviously impressed with his speed to get behind the defense. I’d think he fits right into the Giants system as well, short passes that are designed to hit guys in motion and get vertical quickly.
Now I happen to love that slant play — classic Josh McDaniels. They bring Welker, I mean Stokley, across in motion, bunch him up momentarily and then he sells a route to the outside perfectly and then cuts back inside to get behind his man and into the middle of the defense where it’s been cleared out by the other two receivers. He takes a 7 yard slant 60+ yards and sets up a scoring opportunity for his offense, all off a simple little 3 step drop and slant.
Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, adjust your playbooks accordingly.
[clips via NFL Videos]