New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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30. player. 31. . Wide Receiver. 1964-69. Homer Jones

Realistically, the Giants haven’t had a ton of outstanding wide receivers over the years, despite their lengthy history as a franchise. However, if there’s one from decades ago who deserves your respect, it’s Homer Jones.

A true deep threat and speed demon for New York, Jones made his mark with his ability to smoke defenders down the field. Don’t believe me? Just ask his career yards-per-catch average of 22.3.

That’s not only a Giants record, but it’s also an NFL record which still stands to this day. The second-highest average on that list is 1.5 yards per reception behind him.

Put simply, he knew how to take the lid off defenses. Because of that elite speed, he took two trips to the Pro Bowl, the last Giants receiver to do so until after the turn of the century.

The one tidbit everyone likes to cite when discussing Jones, though? The fact that he started the act of spiking the football after a touchdown. If it wasn’t for this blazing fast Giants wide receiver, Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t know what do to after striking pay dirt.