Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A New York Giants helmet lies at the bench area during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants won the game 15-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Football Giants have signed Kevin Ogletree.
Giants Nation has already begun welcoming the latest new addition on the blue bird with stuff like this:
It has been confirmed by several outlets, and it appears the Giants knew it was coming because they posted this piece today titled, 5 things to know about WR Kevin Ogletree. Here a couple examples:
"Played 31 games at Virginia, starting 21 of the final 22, and finished his collegiate career with 117 receptions for 1,332 yards (11.4 avg) and nine touchdowns, 13 rush attempts for 71 yards (5.5 avg) and one touchdown and 15 kickoff returns for 274 yards (18.3 avg). He was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 27, 2009 Attended Holy Cross High School (Queens, N.Y.), where he finished his senior season with 61 receptions for 1,170 yards and 19 touchdowns, all of which set new league records and earned him Player of the Year honors by the New York Daily News and Newsday."
Of course, Giants fans will specifically remember Ogletree for his 114 yard, 2 TD performance he put on them back in 2012. How could you forget? To clear room for Kevin Ogletree, the Giants made two moves placing Victor Cruz and Trumaine McBride on the injured reserve:
With this Tweet, Adam Schefter also informs fans that Chandler Fenner has been brought up from the practice squad.
Now, obviously, Chandler Fenner and Kevin Ogletree are a step down from Victor Cruz and Trumaine McBride, but it’s interesting that the Giants picked a young receiver that has proven he can play in their home.
No one at GMEN HQ will sell you on this being the best move ever, but injuries force teams to take gambles and do things they’re not comfortable with. Around here we have some opinions on the matter. Let’s see what Anthony Valerio (@anthonyvalerio0) had to say about the move:
"The Queens native Kevin Ogletree could pan out to be a good signing for this week at the very least because he knows the Cowboys’ system well and as Giants fans know all too well, has has big playmaking capabilities.He has potential to be a nice weapon in the slot for Eli depending on how quick he can pick up the Giants offense. I wouldn’t expect much from him this Sunday, but he could have an impact going forward as he develops a connection with Manning."
Our Lead Writer, James Pennisi (@bigbluebloggers) had this to say:
"Eh, he’s still only 27, but this isn’t exactly an earth shattering move by the Giants. He never seemed to have great hands to me and really just excelled at every so often making a big play out of nowhere. He’s more a boom or bust receiver through his career and has never been able to develop the consistency needed to stay really make it in the NFL. Hey, maybe the Giants will get lucky and he can give them a couple of tips on how to stop the Dallas offense. In reality, I don’t expect much from him, but you never know."
Our Asst Editor, Adam Ganeles (@AdamGaneles ) talked about his PFF grades and his speed:
"(2) catches 20 yards + from line on (9) targets… catch% is exceedingly weak considering Ogletree isn’t a speed guy. unless he was torching the Giants… Wait, he actually ran a 4.46…. how about that?Regardless, that McBride injury hurts. Should be fun against Dallas’ countless weapons. Hmmmmm, I wonder what Terrell Thomas is doing, hahaha."
We wished Trumaine McBride a speedy recover on Twitter, he appreciated it:
The New York Football Giants are changing, they’re 3-3, it’s rivalry week with the Cowboys and now the Giants have Kevin Ogletree. Will it be enough to win this weekend? We don’t know, Giants Nation, but we do recognize big BLUE is scrambling to stay in this NFC East race after laying a GIANT dirty bird egg in Philly.
Regardless of that loss, GMEN HQ welcomes Kevin Ogletree to the New York Giants