When the New York Giants approach rebuilding their roster for the 2014 season, finding a player or players who can add some big-play ability to the Giants' inadequate kick return game should be a priority.
One such player might be Carolina Panthers' free-agent wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn.
The Giants were 27th in the league in kickoff returns in 2013, averaging 21.2 yards per return. They were 26th in the league in punt returns, averaging only 7.2 yards per return.
Ginn, the 2007 first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins, had an excellent 2013 season. He returned 26 punts for an average 12.2 yards per return, and averaged 23.8 yards on 25 kickoff returns. For his career, the soon-to-be 29-year-old averages 11.2 yards on punt return and 23.3 yards on kickoff returns.
Ginn is not a top-notch receiver, but his 36 catches in 2013 were his best since he caught 38 for the Dolphins in 2009. He averaged 15.4 yards per catch.
Ginn would not really be a replacement for Hakeem Nicks, should Nicks bolt the Giants in free agency. Look at him, however, as a replacement on the roster for the unproductive Louis Murphy (six catches in 2013) and Ginn would provide an upgrade. Signing Ginn would seem to be a move that would not require any sort of rich, long-term deal.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?