Despite an organizational brand premised on steadiness and continuity, Giants fans have become accustomed in the last several years to sudden change.
Draft 2012: What the Giants got, from the polished L.S.U. receiver to the old rookie tackle from Germany
Randle is big, smooth and polished, with good hands and the body control and coordination needed to “high-point” the ball. (That is, to catch it at its peak.) His gliding stride allows him to get out of his breaks effortlessly, helping him gain separation from defensive backs.
Conventional wisdom holds that running backs are the most fungible football commodity out there. It’s hard to find a great one, but it’s relatively easy to find one who’s good enough.
Over the past several years, the Giants have adhered to that mantra, and proven it: Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-round pick, and Brandon Jacobs was a fourth-round pick. The Giants plugged them in and the running game, notwithstanding a dip last year to the lowest per-carry average in the league, has generally been good.(1)
Another season, another gathering storm surrounding Osi Umenyiora’s dissatisfaction with his contract and his role.
Last week, Umenyiora, 30, the Giants’ proud and sensitive star defensive end, told reporters, “It would be a wonderful thing to do to start your career with one team and finish it with one team. I would love to do it.”(2)
When word first spread that Bill Parcells was considering returning to the N.F.L. to coach the Saints, I kept going back to a passage from Michael Lewis’s insightful 2006 profile, from when Parcells coached the Cowboys.
“As you get older,” Parcells tells Lewis toward the end of the article, “your needs diminish. They don’t increase. They diminish. I need less money. I need less sex. But this - this - doesn’t change.”
Off-season Giants: Jerry Reese and the front office can do no wrong, even if you happen to be negotiating with them
Victor Cruz made a lot of Giants fans happy this past week. After saying earlier in the offseason that he felt he should be paid more, the overnight-sensation salsero assuaged their fears by promising not to hold out from training camp to demand a new contract. In fact, he said the word “holdout” is “not in my vocabulary. I don’t even know what that means.”(2)
For much of the Giants' regular season, general manager Jerry Reese watched many of his best-laid plans turn into worst-case scenarios. Unit after unit —from the secondary, to the offensive line, to the running backs—failed to meet expectations and justify Reese’s investment.
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Kevin Boothe, who played offensive guard in the Giants’ 31-14 win yesterday over the Dallas Cowboys.