How Joe Schoen plans to address Giants’ glaring need at receiver

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The past clip the Giants entered an offseason determined to adhd a apical receiver, that feeling of urgency blew up successful their face. 

General manager Joe Schoen operated his archetypal twelvemonth nether the value of the erstwhile regime’s mistakes of signing Kenny Golladay and drafting Kadarius Toney successful 2021, truthful excuse him for not jumping astatine the imaginable of going all-in for different No. 1 receiver. 

“A number-one wide receiver tin beryllium important, but determination are immoderate number-one wide receivers that are location close now,” Schoen said. “A number-one receiver doesn’t warrant you anything.” 

Of the 14 wide receivers who had much than 1,100 yards this season, 5 were connected teams that did not scope the playoffs. Seven of the 9 playoff-participant receivers are connected teams already eliminated. Only the Eagles’ duo of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith stay alive, though the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel and Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase are some bona fide No. 1s who missed clip with injuries this season. 

“There are multiple positions we privation to upgrade passim the offseason,” Schoen said. “I’d emotion to person a number-one wide receiver, but we person to spot worth connected everything we do. And if it makes sense, that’s thing we’ll look to do.” 

Joe Schoen speaks to the media connected  Jan. 23. Joe Schoen speaks to the media connected Jan. 23. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

An underwhelming free-agent marketplace is led by Nelson Agholor, D.J. Chark, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jakobi Meyers. The adaptable is erstwhile Giants draught prime Odell Beckham Jr., who met with Schoen astatine the Giants installation successful December but misled aggregate teams into reasoning helium was further up successful his rehab from his 2nd torn ACL successful arsenic galore years than was true. He is disposable to motion astatine immoderate time, earlier different escaped agents successful March. 

“Dinner was good,” Schoen said of gathering with Beckham. “We’re going to see … each position, who’s available, who are the players we tin perchance sign, and we’ll devise the program from there.” 

With Toney traded to the Chiefs and the soon-to-be-released Golladay ($6.7 cardinal wage headdress savings, $14.7 cardinal dormant cap) glued to the seat different than a fistful of snaps per game, the Giants finished the play with a apical 3 of Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James. But Slayton and James are unrestricted escaped agents, and Hodgins — who scored 5 touchdowns successful the last 7 games — is an exclusive-rights escaped cause who tin beryllium re-signed to a one-year minimum woody without negotiating with different teams. 

Two receivers who finished the play with torn ACLs besides could beryllium successful the plans. Sterling Shepard, who has missed 34 games owed to wounded successful the past 4 years, is simply a escaped cause who took a wage chopped coming disconnected a torn Achilles past season. When his play ended successful Week 3, helium remained astir the squad arsenic a hype man. 

“I emotion Shep. Juice feline each the time. One of my favorites here,” Schoen said. “We’ll proceed to show his rehab. He’s been a tremendous assets astir present for us. We’ll proceed to pass with the grooming unit connected wherever helium is successful his [rehab] and erstwhile he’ll beryllium steadfast capable to play. That’s thing we whitethorn oregon whitethorn not entertain.” 

Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, who said the extremity told to him is to beryllium acceptable for Week 1 of the 2023 season, underwent his ACL repair past period and it included immoderate meniscus “cleaning up,” helium said. 

“Wan’Dale was truly coming along,” Schoen said. “He would person been a big-time contributor, particularly down the stretch, if helium had stayed healthy.”