2012 Season In Review
The 2012 season was Barden's best as a pro, and that's really an indictment of the 6-foot-6, 230-pound receiver's four seasons with the Giants. He caught 14 passes, bringing his four-year total to 29. Nine of those receptions came in a Week 3 victory over the Carolina Panthers, when Barden replaced an injured Hakeem Nicks.
Barden caught only five balls the rest of the season, however, and by season's end had been passed on the depth chart by Domenik Hixon, rookie Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan. He did not play in the final three games of the season.
The fact that Barden is back with the Giants is a bit surprising. He became a free agent in the offseason, and expected to sign elsewhere.He apparently found little to no interest in his services, however, and came back to the Giants hoping to continue his career.
After four years of watching, waiting and hoping for Barden to learn how to use his size and athleticism to become a consistent target for Eli Manning only to be consistently disappointed it is difficult to expect anything else. Barden will most likely fight Brandon Collins, Kris Adams and Jeremy Horne for the final wide receiver spot on the 53-man roster. If he makes the team he will most likely sit and watch Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Randle, Jernigan and Louis Murphy get nearly all of the playing time.
|2012||New York Giants||12||14||220||15.7||18.3||31||0||6||0||11||0|
|2011||New York Giants||8||9||94||10.4||11.8||26||0||1||0||5||0|
|2010||New York Giants||6||5||64||12.8||10.7||26||0||2||0||2||0|
|2009||New York Giants||3||1||16||16.0||5.3||16||0||0||0||1||0|