What do you call a wide receiver who can’t catch? An ex-Giant.
With Victor Cruz sidelined by a calf injury, Parker was the de facto No. 3 wideout on the roster, but had a whopping five combined dropped passes in season-opening losses to the Cowboys and Falcons. The Giants curiously chose to keep Parker on the roster over James Jones before the season. Jones was last seen burning Richard Sherman for a 29-yard touchdown in the Packers’ 27-17 Sunday night win over the Seahawks.
After coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that the offense is “way ahead” of where it was at this point last year, Manning put up a big practice during Thursday’s organized team activities. The franchise quarterback, who is entering his 12th season, threw two touchdowns during 11-on-11 drills, one to tight end Adrien Robinson and the other to wide receiver Preston Parker. Manning is relishing the second offseason in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system.
“It was important having this last month – watching the film, talking a lot about the mechanics, the footwork, being able to go outside with him and working on a lot of drill work,” Manning said recently during OTAs. “A lot of it is stuff I wasn’t able to do last year. I was coming off the ankle surgery, I had a new offense – of lot of things going through the mind, trying to figure out concepts.
“This year, I understand the concepts. I’m still working on it, but I’m concentrating on the footwork and the mechanics and the timing of everything. It was great to have that this year and kind of get back to the basics of everything. I feel comfortable, I feel real good right now.”
Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Giants WR Preston Parker (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Parker is good to go for a nice matchup with the Titans.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Giants WR Preston Parker (knee) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a midweek downgrade for Parker, who wasn’t really on the fantasy radar heading into Week 14. Corey Washington would likely see an increase in snaps if Parker can’t play.
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 12:01pm
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano answered a question about WR Corey Washington:
"I think it's entirely possible that the Giants will find more opportunities to work undrafted rookie wide receiver Corey Washington into the offense more going forward. What I don't think is that they'll force it just because he caught a garbage-time touchdown Monday that was reminiscent of the preseason performances that got him on the team. Nor do I think they'll force it just because Preston Parker dropped a bunch of passes Monday. I think, when it comes to Washington, that the Giants will do what's best for Washington, and add more to his workload as they become convinced he can handle it."
Washington had a standout preseason that gave the Giants little choice but to keep him. For the most part he's been quiet, outside of his TD on Monday night in the loss to the Colts. It seems like the team may slowly start to use him going forward but he's probably a bit off from being a fantasy option until we start to see him more involved.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Giants WR Preston Parker (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Giants WR Preston Parker (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:09pm
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano: If new WR Kevin Ogletree is not up to speed in time to play Sunday, my expectation is that Preston Parker would handle the slot, as he did Sunday night when Victor Cruz went out. However, Giants coaches have been discussing this for two days and may come up with more creative solutions due to the sudden personnel shortage. Maybe they don't use as many three-wide receiver sets as they have been. Maybe they use multiple tight ends more or lean on that power run game with fullback Henry Hynoski on the field. Maybe rookie Odell Beckham can handle multiple receiver spots and be moved around, though they see him as primarily a speed threat on the outside.
The thing to glean here is that Ogletree isn't likely to make an immediate impact. Graziano also said that he expects Ogletree to begin making an impact after the Giants' Week 8 bye.
Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talked last week of teaching conceptually. He said the Giants receivers don't learn positions, they master concepts, which allows them to move seamlessly around the field.
With Victor Cruz now out, if Odell Beckham is able to move inside, the Giants can use Preston Parker or rookie Corey Washington on the outside. Parker performed admirably as a wide receiver (11 catches for 158 yards) in the first five games. Washington made the team with an especially strong preseason.
The Giants need a third wide receiver to step into their lineup. They've used at least three receivers on 73 percent of first-and-10s this season in their new offense. Three wide receivers is their base offensive formation.
The article says that Parker is the most likely option to step up, whether he plays on the inside or outside remains to be seen. The most logical move, according to the story, is for the team to promote Julian Talley from the practice squad as insurance. As for Beckham, he was just learning to play the outside, so the team may opt to keep him there rather than move him to the slot. Beckham should see a lot more targets and will be pressed into more snaps starting next week. Parker looks like a guy who will start to see more time as well and has deeper league potential for the moment. Washington was a preseason stud but hasn't had much work since making the team out of camp.
Cruz planted his right leg to go up for a potential TD catch and never got up. He was carted off and is presumably done for the season. Rueben Randle,
Odell Beckham, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will have to make up for the loss of Cruz. From a fantasy perspective, it could really raise the value of Beckham going forward, who should see a lot more targets. Parker could get a big bump in playing time.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Giants WR Odell Beckham (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Beckham won’t play in Week 3. With Jerrel Jernigan out for the year, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will keep Beckham's spot in the lineup warm until his hamstring fully heals. Washington seems to have more upside, but Parker played ahead of him in Week 2.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Giants WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Beckham won’t play in Week 3. With Jerrel Jernigan out for the year, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will keep Beckham's spot in the lineup warm until his hamstring fully heals. Washington seems to have more upside, but Parker played ahead of him in Week 2.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Giants WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Beckham won’t play in Week 3. With Jerrel Jernigan out for the year, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will keep Beckham's spot in the lineup warm until his hamstring fully heals. Washington seems to have more upside, but Parker played ahead of him in Week 2.
Despite some signs of progress last week, and the fact that Odell Beckham was one of the first people on the practice field today, the team's 2014 first-round pick is still a long way from seeing game snaps.
Tom Coughlin said Beckham won't significantly deviate from his practice routine this week, which means there's a zero percent chance he's seen on Sunday against the Texans. Before the season opener, Coughlin said that Beckham (hamstring) could be out "another three or four weeks," which led to some hope that Beckham may start working his way back this week.
That is not the case.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:06pm
Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was said to have sustained a mid-foot sprain in the Giants loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Jernigan's injury wasn't disclosed, but it explains the increase in snaps for Preston Parker late in the contest. Parker had one catch for 29 yards on two targets in the second half.
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