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Author: Jon Kuzma
The New York Giants let Victor Cruz walk this off-season and boy did they have a replacement in mind for Cruz. Former New York Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall signed a 2 year contract with the G-Men today and this is a huge acquisition for big blue. Marshall is easily one of the most productive wide receivers in the entire NFL and he has recorded an impressive 12,061 career receiving yards over the course of his career. That is big time production and now the Giants have easily 1 of the most dynamic receiving groups in the league. Marshall will team up with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, 2 young and explosive players who could have got the job done this season by themselves. Now that tandem will have the veteran Marshall there to show them the ropes and this was a great move this football team. Eli Manning will be able to distribute the football to a variety of different players and really now it’s about Manning rising to expectations. General Manager Jerry Reese put Manning in a position to succeed by giving the veteran quarterback as much talent around him as possible. The only way this backfires for the Giants is if Marshall and Odell Beckham both have emotional meltdowns or if the offensive line can’t hold up. If those problems can be avoided it feels like New York should be able to get a playoff win this year. It’s because Reese brought in Marshall on 2 year $12 million contract, it’s because Reese loaded up that defense, and ultimately Jerry Reese deserves a lot credit for reshaping this roster. Last year those moves got this team back to the playoffs and now it’s up to players like Brandon Marshall to take it a step further. Anything less than that is a failure so Marshall has to understand that it’s not all fun and games. The Giants are counting on him to go over 1,000 yards again hopefully that doesn’t come at Beckham’s expense. Keep an eye on how those 2 players mesh it will have direct result on the success this team has over the course of the 2017 season.
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