While the NY Giants do have a quality group of receivers, the tandem is lacking a big red zone threat; undrafted wideout Binjimen Victor could be the guy to take on that role.
I’ve long lamented that while the NY Giants definitely have skill at the wide receiver position, the players – specifically Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate – have redundant skillsets and the position group needs to add a bigger wide receiver to get the best results out of Daniel Jones.
Enter Binjimen Victor, undrafted wideout out of Ohio State University. At 6’4, 200 pounds he certainly fits the bill of a big wide receiver, and although he might not have lived up to his hype at OSU, there is reason to believe the best is yet to come for the former major high school prospect.
Coming out of high school, Victor was rated as the #12th best wideout in the entire country by 24/7 sports and he chose to play for Ohio State.
Even though we’ve seen Michael Thomas turn into one of the best wideouts in the NFL, in hindsight, choosing OSU probably cost Victor big as Urban Meyer’s spread offense is very much by committee.
Victor never surpassed 600 yards with the Buckeyes, but he did haul in 18 touchdowns, which is good for tenth-best all-time at the prestigious university. For what the NY Giants are looking for, Victor could be just the answer, as the team already has a solid core in place and just needs a bigger guy to command respect in the red zone.
Binjimen Victor showed he could be that guy at Ohio State, succeeding on the boundary and averaging a monster 16.1 yards-per-catch over his career.
At only 200 pounds, he’s surely got to fill out his frame if he hopes to succeed in the NFL, as he will get pushed around at that weight at the line of scrimmage.
What are his chances of making the NY Giants?
The battles for the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots on the NY Giants depth chart are going to be some of the most intriguing out of any spot on the roster.
I’m anticipating Big Blue to carry six wideouts, and since Cody Core has not proven himself to be a threat on offense I’m really counting him as the sixth guy.
Binjimen Victor will have competition from fellow Ohio State alum Austin Mack, former LSU player Derrick Dillon and former first-round draft pick Corey Coleman.
If you want to read into the numbers of how much each of the undrafted trio (Mack, Victor, Dillon) got paid as an indicator of how strongly the team feels about them, Mack is in the lead as he was guaranteed 87K at signing, good for second-most of all undrafted NY Giants additions.
Dillon is being paid the same amount as Victor (40k), so there’s nothing to read into there.
The major advantage Victor has is his size, as he’s got two inches on Mack three inches on Coleman, and five inches on Dillon. If you don’t think every inch matters, you’re really not watching the same NFL as me.
To add another slot receiver as fourth on the depth chart would be a mistake, and Victor outplayed Mack at the same school in the same scheme. To be fair, Mack would qualify as the tallest NY Giants’ wideout himself if he was to nab one of the two open receivers spots.
But, with what I’ve seen out of Victor in the red zone is what separates him from the rest for me right now. Obviously there will be training camp and preseason to sort all this out and all we can go off of now are combine numbers, college statistics, and high school recruiting status (which means a great deal to me in my evaluations).
Victor has a pretty sizeable lead on the other undrafted players in all three of those regards, especially Dillon who was barely used in LSU’s record-setting offense.
Simply put, if he does his part and plays well during training camp and the preseason, Binjimen Victor would get my vote to make the roster and potentially be the red zone threat we so direly need.