Wide receiver was supposed to be a position of strength for the New York Giants in 2015. We know it didn't work out that way. Let's look back at what went wrong last season and ahead to what the Giants need to do in order to bolster the position for next season.
2015 in review
The Giants were loaded at wide receiver, or so everyone thought, coming into the season. Odell Beckham Jr. was coming off a historic rookie season. Rueben Randle had a breakout 2014. Victor Cruz was coming back. Preston Parker had been good in 2014 as a Cruz fill-in. Dwayne Harris had arrived via free agency. Corey Washington still had supporters. Rookie sixth-round pick Geremy Davis caught everything in training camp. Veteran James Jones was in camp. The Giants were STOCKED. Things didn't turn out that way.
Beckham was Beckham, showing that his extraordinary rookie season was no fluke. Harris was good. Nothing else, however, went as the Giants had hoped. Jones and Washington got cut. Parker dropped a boatload of passes in the first two games and got dropped from the team. Cruz never played. Davis disappeared. Randle disappointed. The Giants ended the season with retread Hakeem Nicks on the roster along with Myles White and Ben Edwards. Geesh!
Is this a position of need?
Yes. Randle is a free agent and it's anybody's guess as to whether new coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese will want to continue to deal with the inconsistencies of the 2012 second-round pick. Cruz is an unknown, and might not even be a Giant next season. Harris is a dependable receiver but not a game-breaker. Nicks doesn't have much left. White and Edwards are replaceable parts.
The Giants need a dependable second option, maybe even a third, to help Beckham. Tight end Will Tye might be part of the solution. So might running back Shane Vereen. The Giants, though, need more players on the outside. A tall wide receiver who could be a red zone threat would be nice. So would a pure speed guy who could threaten defenses vertically. In reality, anyone who can be a reliable No. 2 and gave the Giants options beyond Beckham would be welcome.
The biggest name among available free agents might be Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears. Would the Giants chase Jeffery if he reaches the open market? No idea at this point. The Giants, though, cannot go into 2016 banking on the idea that Cruz -- after a season-and-a-half away from the game -- can be their second option.