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Giants Roster Breakdown: Ramses Barden

Ramses Barden is back with the New York Giants for a fifth season, hoping to prove that things can be different ater four mostly unproductive seasons.

Ramses Barden makes a catch during mini-camp
Ramses Barden makes a catch during mini-camp

Ramses Barden is the next player on our list as we continue to break down the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp at the end of July.

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.

2013 Outlook

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.

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st FUM
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
TOTAL 29 29 394 13.6 13.6 31 0 9 0 19 0