1. Size In The Receiving Corps
This was touched upon in the previous slide, but the New York Giants have a glaring dearth of size in the receiving corps. Of the top targets in 2016, Odell Beckham Jr. is 5’11”, Sterling Shepard is 5’10”, and the recently released Victor Cruz is 6’0″.
Standing at a powerful and fit 6’4″ and 230 pounds, Brandon Marshall can be the reliable big target whom Eli Manning hasn’t had since Plaxico Burress.
One could argue that a lack of size in the receiving corps hasn’t hurt the Giants, but the numbers say otherwise. As previously acknowledged, the Giants struggle to move the chains through the air and Manning’s 26 touchdowns were as much by necessity as they were design.
New York still has to address the running game, but Marshall’s mere size on the field will give Manning an easy target to locate when plays break down.
Beckham plays much bigger than he stands, and it’s important to note that this isn’t a criticism of him in any way. It’s simply a fact that Marshall’s size makes him a recognizable presence on the field whom quarterbacks can easily spot and defenses must account for.
The Giants needed size and strength in the receiving corps, and by signing Marshall, they’ve effectively addressed that void.
There are reasons to be skeptical of the signing, but at an affordable cost, the New York Giants made a wise investment in Brandon Marshall.