Kevin Gilbride Thrilled By Addition Of Brandon Stokley

What does new wide receiver Brandon Stokley, a 13-year NFL veteran, bring to the New York Giants? Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride explained on Thursday during a meeting with reporters:

"It gives us an experienced guy to play inside so we are excited to see what he can do and how quickly he can learn our nomenclature and assimilate the offense. We are excited about having him," Gilbride said. "We had wanted all along Steve Smith back and that was the objective, that was the hope and the expectation but when that didn't happen, then we have two young guys that we think can do it. How fast will they be able to evolve into the experienced receiver that you need at that spot where everything is happening so quickly inside. The powers above me made that decision and we needed to add this additional receiver. I think he will bring something to the table that we are looking forward to having and what we were really in need of since Steve Smith's injury."

Head coach Tom Coughlin said the younger Giants receivers can learn from him.

"We know his past, his record, the way he’s played in the league. We think he can be an excellent addition to our slot performers and I think the young guys are going to benefit greatly from just watching and studying him," Coughlin said.

The Giants went 1-for-10 on third down Sunday against Washington and have struggled to find a capable slot receiver ever since Smith's injury last season. Stokley's presence certainly can't hurt.

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