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I know you have spent a TON of time discussing the receiving core, but I have to pose one thought. Was there some secret disagreement between Toomer and the Giants organization? He clearly was not getting the ball in the second half of last year. The guy has been a classy and consistent member of the team. With all the youth, how could the Giants not sign him to a 1 year deal? If Toomer was retiring, then understandable not to force the issue, but the guy wants to play. Pushing him out and relying on Tyree to mentor the young group of talented receivers is a mistake. Tyree is not a career receiver and we all know he has not been a special teams force since his pro-bowl year. I know you have discussed the wide receiver issues ad nauseum, but now that Amani is signing with another team, why do you think the Giants decided to let him go versus getting one more year of a reliable, mature, and experienced player in the locker room and on the field?
Since Amani Toomer now plays for another team, I am reluctant to say again address this issue. So, for the final time…*
The easiest way to put this is that those who make the football decisions in the organization believed that Toomer's skills had begun to decline, which is no shock or sin for a player who was finishing his 13th season. Quite honestly, one of the reasons he didn't get the ball as much in the second half of the season was because he wasn't open as often as he once was. And let's face it, he was not going to improve in a 14th season. It was time to make way for the younger receivers. Toomer was a great player for the Giants, the most productive wide receiver in franchise history. But the Giants have a stable of promising young wideouts and it was time to move on.
Michael In limited action I thought Danny Ware and Terrell Thomas were very impressive. What does the coaching staff have in mind for these guys for 2009?
Both of those young players will get long looks in training camp. Ware will compete with Ahmad Bradshaw for the No. 2 running back job behind Brandon Jacobs. He also has a chance to be the team's No. 1 kickoff returner. Ware needs to build on his fine play in last year's training camp. Thomas is an outstanding young cornerback who like won't unseat either Corey Webster or Aaron Ross to become a starter. But he will see a lot of action in the sub defenses and on special teams.*