Draft Addresses Receiving Problems

The depth chart for receivers was looking pretty sad until draft day when the Giants picked up some speed and sent a message to their existing receivers.

Let's take a look at the Giants receivers prior to draft day:

Amani Toomer, perennial starter who recently had his contract renegotiated recently.

Ike Hilliard, starter who is in the last year of his contract. Missed a good amount of playing time due to a toe problem. Questionable judgement including a delay of surgery which cost him opening day 2001. Hilliard is disgruntled because the Giants have been working with Toomer on contract negotiations and have not even approached Hilliard.

Joe Jurevicius, decent player, lacked major speed, used in three receiver sets

Prior to draft day, this left the Giants three unknowns on the depth chart: the over-sleeping Ron Dixon, a pencil-thin but quick Jonathan Carter, and special teamer Thabiti Davis.

Ouch.

The Giants receivers were not exactly keeping opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

So Jurevicius heads off to Tampa Bay when the Giants show no interest in re-signing him.

Hilliard stays home sulking, working out privately and takes a few moments to use the media as a vehicle to express his displeasure with the Giants for not renegotiating his contract. Heck, Hilliard isn't even fully cleared to play right now!

The Giants certainly addressed their receiving needs in the 2002 draft when they selected a pass-catching tight end Jeremy Shockey (round 1) along with wide receivers Tim Carter (round 2) and Daryl Jones (round 7).

In addition, they picked free agent David Thompson (undrafted - Holy Cross.

If these rookies are as good as advertised, don't be surprised if Hilliard has played his last game as a Giant.

These new additions should also give Dixon a wake-up call offensively, and mabye he will no longer need a literal wake-up call to be on time for meetings and practice.


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