2 Reasons The Giants Wide Receivers Are Underrated
The New York Giants have drawn a lot of criticism for their lack of receiving production.
They lack a true top receiver, and many view their receiving core as one of the NFL’s worst.
While it certainly isn’t the strongest part of their roster, there are reasons it may be better than people think.
Here are two reasons why the Giants wide receivers are actually underrated.
2. Lack Of Big Name Target Hurts
It is no secret that the Giants are missing someone like Justin Jefferson or Davante Adams.
They currently don’t have a premier wide receiver that can take over the game.
Darius Slayton has been their best target this year, posting 726 receiving yards.
Daniel Jones DEEP to Darius Slayton!!! pic.twitter.com/lGwVPBnyVZ
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) November 24, 2022
However, no other receivers have more than 600 yards.
Despite these low totals, the Giants receivers actually rank well according to Pro Football Focus.
Isaiah Hodgins, for example, who has become one of the team’s most productive options in recent weeks, ranks 26th among eligible receivers.
This puts him higher than Mike Evans.
Richie James ranks 36th, just behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.
While none of their receivers are within the top-10, they certainly aren’t awful.
1. Giants Are Not A Pass First Offense
It is clear for any football fan that the Giants are not a pass first offense.
Isaiah Hodgins >>> Jerry Rice pic.twitter.com/welhDGxXDv
— Conor Maguire (@cmaguire2008) January 1, 2023
The core of their production goes through star running back Saquon Barkley.
Quarterback Daniel Jones has made improvements this season, specifically with limiting turnovers, but he is not putting up eye-popping passing numbers.
This automatically limits the level of production their receivers can have.
If passing was a bigger part of their offense, then some of the wide receivers may begin to shine more.
However, the way they are running it now works for the current system, and it has gotten the Giants into the playoffs.