Sean Ryan
Wide Receivers


Sean Ryan is in the second season of his second stint as the Giants’ wide receivers coach. Now in his ninth year on Tom Coughlin’s staff, Ryan also served two seasons as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
Sean Ryan is in the second season of his second stint as the Giants’ wide receivers coach. Now in his ninth year on Tom Coughlin’s staff, Ryan also served two seasons as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

In 2014, Ryan was instrumental in the rapid development of Odell Beckham Jr., who became the first Giants player selected the Associated Press’ Offensive Rookie of the Year in the 58-year history of the award. In just 12 games, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records. He was the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season’s first three games - and he sat out the first four with a hamstring injury. Beckham set NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games to start a career. His 91 catches were the second-highest total in franchise history, topped only by Steve Smith’s 107 receptions in 2009. Beckham’s 91 receptions are tied with Denver’s Eddie Royal (2008) for the second-highest total in NFL history for a rookie.

Rueben Randle continued to improve last season. He caught at least one pass in every game and finished second on the team with career-high totals of 71 receptions – he had 60 combined in his first two seasons - for 938 yards. Randle also scored three touchdowns.

Victor Cruz caught 23 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown before suffering a torn right patellar tendon at Philadelphia on Oct. 12. He underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve. Cruz increased his career total to 264 catches, which places him 12th on the franchise’s career list, two behind Mark Bavaro.

Ryan was the Giants’ quarterbacks coach in 2012-13. In his first season working with Ryan, Eli Manning was selected to play in his third Pro Bowl after completing 321 of 536 passes for 3,948 yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 87.2. Manning threw a career-high five touchdown passes in the 2012 season-ending victory over Philadelphia. Under Ryan, Manning had his eighth consecutive season in which he threw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.

The Giants’ wide receivers were very productive in their first two seasons under Ryan (2010-11). In 2011, the unit helped the Giants set a franchise record with 4,734 net passing yards. Cruz, who did not have a career reception entering the season, caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. The 82 receptions tied Amani Toomer (2002) for what was then second place on the Giants’ single-season list and Cruz’s 1,536 yards broke Toomer’s former team record by 193 yards. Hakeem Nicks caught 76 passes for a career-high 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. Under Ryan, Cruz and Nicks became the first receivers to have more than 1,000 yards in the same season. Another receiver, Mario Manningham, made perhaps the most important grab of the season for a 38-yard gain in the fourth quarter of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI victory over New England.

The wide receivers played impressively in 2010, their first season with Ryan as their position coach. Nicks led the Giants with 79 receptions for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing three games because of injury. His 11 touchdown receptions tied Del Shofner (1962) for the third-highest total in Giants history. Manningham added nine touchdown catches as he and Nicks became the first pair of Giants with at least nine touchdown catches since 1967, when Homer Jones had a franchise-record 13 and Aaron Thomas had nine.

Manningham was second on the team with 60 catches for 944 yards and those nine scores. In the final two games, he caught Manning touchdown passes of 85 and 92 yards that were two of the nine longest pass plays in the 86-year history of the Giants.

Ryan joined the Giants’ coaching staff in 2007 and served for three seasons as the offensive quality control coach.

In 2006, Ryan was the recruiting coordinator, running backs coach and head coach of the junior varsity at Harvard University.

Prior to his year at Harvard, Ryan was as an assistant coach at Columbia University for three seasons. In 2003 and 2004, Ryan was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator. The following season, Ryan coached the quarterbacks.

Before coaching at Columbia, Ryan spent two years as a graduate assistant at Boston College, where he worked primarily with the wide receivers. The Eagles won bowl games in each of those seasons, beating Georgia in the 2001 Music City Bowl and Toledo in the 2002 Motor City Bowl.

Ryan was the running backs coach at Colgate University in 2000, a graduate assistant at the University at Albany (where the Giants then held training camp) in 1998-99 and the quarterbacks coach at Siena for a season.

Ryan played defensive back and outside linebacker at Hamilton College, where he graduated in 1994 with a degree in American studies. He also earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Albany.

A native of Hudson Falls, N.Y. – north of Albany - Ryan was a standout football, basketball and baseball player at Hudson Falls High School.

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