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!