Misguided confidence in NY Giants’ wide receivers
Few positions underscore Gettleman’s hubris than the current state of the receiving corps.
Days after trading Beckham in 2019, Gettleman signed Golden Tate, who missed four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy last season missed one more due to a concussion. Sterling Shepard has missed 14 games dating back to 2017. Even Slayton missed time due to a hamstring injury as a rookie.
Yet, Gettleman and the Giants did not sign a marquee free agent this past spring, and decided to sit out a loaded receiver class in April’s draft that included second-round picks Chase Claypool (four touchdowns Sunday), Justin Jefferson (19 catches for 371 yards and a touchdown in five games), and others.
That’s how a team winds up playing someone named Damion Ratley meaningful snaps. Ratley’s illegal pick-play nullified a 31-yard Slayton touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
As teams like the Baltimore Ravens drafting Hollywood Brown, Philadelphia Eagles, signing Alshon Jeffery, Los Angeles Rams trading for Brandin Cooks, and Arizona Cardinals trading for DeAndre Hopkins showed the value of pairing rookie or second-year quarterbacks with reliable and game-breaking receivers, the Giants stood pat.
As a result, Gettleman and the Giants did a disservice to Jones’ development and this season’s potential.