Victor Cruz is the only sure thing in terms of WRs, and the Giants are best when he's working as the slot receiver. That means they need to spend camp identifying their best options on the outside.
Rueben Randle, the 2012 second-round pick, is the guy they'd like to see take the leap in his third season. He showed enough flashes last year to make them think he can be a big playmaker. They just need him to play and work more consistently.
Odell Beckham was this year's first-round pick, and as such he'll get an opportunity to contribute as a starter as soon as he's ready to handle it. But the Giants don't rush rookies, and if he's not ready, they will wait and use other options until he is.
Mario Manningham is a wild card -- a player the Giants know and like but who's coming off knee problems that kept him from being a factor for the 49ers during his two seasons away from New York.
Looks like Randle stepping up and winning one of the outside jobs is going to be key for the Giants and their WRs. Even if Beckham doesn't win a job right away, it would be hard to imagine him not making a contribution at some point in the season. We have Randle ranked 43rd among our WRs and could end up being a solid round-12 pick. We should know a lot more about his chances before August drafts.
Giants beat writer Michael Eisen on potential chemistry concerns between Eli Manning and his recievers: "Manning’s top target is expected to be Victor Cruz, as he was the previous three seasons. The other starter could be Rueben Randle, who is entering his third season. Jerrell Jernigan is entering his fourth season and Manning threw to Mario Manningham from 2008-11. The high-profile newcomer is first-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr. Manning has been working with him for years, because they attended the same high school and Beckham has been to the Manning Passing Academy. I think chemistry with the receivers is a non-issue."
This is good to hear. We believe the Giants will run a lot of three-WR sets (like the Packers do), so there is room for three wideouts to see starter's snaps in the offense. Cruz and Randle seem like shoo-ins, with Beckham likely to beat out Jernigan if he's able to stay healthy this offseason.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham, who returned to the Giants this offseason after two injury-plagued years in San Francisco, hasn’t returned to the field to practice yet but was working with trainers today and running on the sidelines.
After practice, coach Tom Coughlin said Manningham will hopefully be ready for next month’s training camp.