We have come to the point in our position-by-position midseason reviews for the New York Giants where we need to discuss the wide receivers. Honestly, it is impossible to do that in one lump sum, so let break our discussion into two parts.
Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard
Beckham was never 100 percent after suffering a high ankle sprain in the preseason vs. the Cleveland Browns. His season ended with 25 catches, 302 yards and a career-low average of 12.1 yards per catch. If I had to grade him individually, it would be a “Kwillie.”
Brandon Marshall is, in my view, a player who never should have been signed by the Giants. His best days are far in the rearview mirror and each of the four teams he played for previously were happy to close the door behind him when he left. Marshall had 18 catches for an average of a career-worst 8.6 per catch, no touchdowns and no positive impact before his season-ending ankle surgery. He gets a clear “Wet Willie.”
Sterling Shepard was showing signs of taking a step forward in his second year before suffering an ankle injury. Not that it will matter in terms of making the playoffs, but he should be a big help to the offense the second half of the season.
Overall grade: “Kwillie.”
Roger Lewis Jr., Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph
Lewis has two catches in eight targets for 27 yards the past two weeks, King has two catches in six targets for eight yards and Rudolph has three catches for 32 yards in seven targets. It’s not their fault that they have comprised the receiving corps the past two weeks, but they haven’t been good enough.
Overall grade: “Wet Willie.” It’s not fair. Seriously, should we have expected better play from this trio than we have seen over the past two weeks? No. But, it is what it is. The lack of production from this group has left the Giants offense without any real teeth.