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Giants Sign Brandon Stokley; Still Waiting for Linebacker Help…

The New York Football Giants signed veteran wide-out Brandon Stokley earlier today to compete for the slot receiver position with Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon. Stokley, 35, spent last season with the Seahawks where he played in 11 games. In those 11 games Stokley grabbed 31 balls for 354 yards. Those aren’t numbers to get excited about if you’re a Giants fan but respectable for an aging journeyman such as Stokley. As a Giants fan, my first reaction to this news was not one of jubilation nor one of exasperation, but rather one of pure consternation.

My confusion has nothing to do with Brandon Stokley (although he is 35-years old and is he really the answer in the slot, I don’t think so) but everything to do with the fact that the Giants signed another free agent at a position that is the least of their concern. Instead of bringing in an unnecessary wide receiver, how about signing a player who can fill a void at a position with a ton of concern? Heck, for argument’s sake, let’s just call this position the LINEBACKER. Ok, so now that we’ve established that the Giants need a linebacker and NOT a wide receiver lets look at some linebackers still available on the open market that Jerry Reese continues to pass over.

Notable Free Agent Linebackers: Pisa Tinoisamoa, Dhani Jones, Kevin Bentley, Quentin Moses, Danny Clark, Shawn Crable, Tully Banta-Cain, Julian Peterson, Keith Ellison, David Bowens, Stanley Arnoux, Jyles Tucker, and Zack Follett.

I know many of these players aren’t household names, but evry single one of them has been productive at times during their NFL careers. I love rookies Mark Herzlich and Greg Jones, but I think Jerry Reese should bring in a few of the names above at the very least to provide some competition in practice and stir the pot, so to speak. Who knows, Herzlich and Jones could both be studs, but right now I’d take my chances with a veteran over unproven rookies.

Sorry for ranting a little, just a passionate Giants fan. Go Big Blue!

  1. January 20, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Great Opinions. Hope to read more from you!

  2. September 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Honestly, Stokley is like putting a band-aid on a shotgun wound. They are depleted in so many areas; especially at linebacker-their usual strength. Curious to see how they handle playing against another depleted team like the Rams tomorrow night; (S. Jackson/D. Amendola- are out) If the final score is not a convincing one in the Giants favor, then it surely will be a long, long season for them…with or without Brandon Stokley.
    Nice post! Very well written.
    (thanks for leaving me a comment.. appreciate it!)

  3. September 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Their receivers also need to catch more of the balls that are thrown their way, I mean that drop from Cruz (i think on 3rd down) was just criminal. But Matt’s right, defense would seem to be a far more pressing concern for the Giants.

  4. September 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I guess the Giants signing Stokley is to try and get that “possession” receiver issue solved with the loss of Steve Smith. The fact of the matter is that the Giants need to run the ball better in order for their receivers to catch more balls..

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