The New York Giants signed James Jones in the preseason. He was their leading receiver in the preseason and he showed that he could still play. The Giants did cut James Jones in favor of Preston Parker. The Packers brought Jones back to their team and in two weeks he has 5 receptions for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Parker is redefining what it means to be a terrible receiver. He has 5 dropped passes, one of them being on a crucial fourth down. The Giants kept the wrong receiver and the evidence is quite clear. This is just the freshest wound to the reputation of Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin as their team starts the season 0-2.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, the Giants aren’t losing because they kept the wrong receiver. The Giants are losing because they cannot evacuate their heads from where the sun doesn’t shine late in the game (and that’s the nice way of putting it). The Giants though clearly let go of a player that can still contribute and they kept a player that isn’t getting the job done.
You could argue with me that Jones is in a perfect fit in the Green Bay offense. I wouldn’t disagree that it wasn’t a perfect fit but I would remind you that Ben McAdoo comes from that Green Bay pedigree. Jones was a fit for the Giants and so that point is moot.
The Giants sorrows at the wide receiver position will be alleviated when Victor Cruz returns but that is becoming hard to hold your breath for. Jones wouldn’t have been a Cruz like player. But Preston Parker isn’t even a Rueben Randle like player. The Giants kept the wrong guy and the scoreboard reads 5 drops to 3 touchdowns early in the season.
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