Louis Murphy gets reps with Cruz, Nicks missing

Louis Murphy catches a pass on Wednesday - Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Louis Murphy was signed as a free agent during the offseason to be a home run threat in the passing game. With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz not attending OTAs, Murphy is getting extra work with Eli Manning.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning did not have either of his primary targets to throw to during Wednesday's OTA, with Hakeem Nicks absent and Victor Cruz still negotiating a contract. Thus, Manning spent his time getting acclimated with Louis Murphy, the fifth-year wide receiver signed as a free agent during the offseason.

Manning reportedly spent a lot of time looking for the speedy Murphy, particularly on deep balls, as he and his newst receiving target get to know each other.

"I hit Louis on a deep one. I got Rueben [Randle] in there. I got [Jerrel] Jernigan some catches," Manning said. "We're getting everybody in there getting them a lot of reps, getting on time with them. We're always going to get better.

"Whoever is on the field, we're going to expect them to go out there and play at a high level. So I think the more guys you have who are experienced and ready to play different positions, the better off we're going to be."

Murphy spent two years with the Oakland Raiders and the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 25 passes last season and has 115 career receptions. The Giants hope the speedy Murphy provides them with big-play ability.

"That's what I like to do. I can do a lot of things. I can go inside, play outside. I can do it all. But they do like to stretch the field and I like doing that," Murphy said. "I'm just here just to make plays."

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