EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With several talented and intriguing players, the Giants corps of wide receivers is looking to have its biggest season ever in 2013.
If Victor Cruz reaches that goal, he will have had quite a season. In 2012, Cruz led the Giants with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was the first the first player in Giants' history with 80 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. Cruz has back-to-back seasons with at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. No other Giants receiver has one.
Cruz's 86 receptions were the second-highest total in Giants history, trailing only Steve Smith's 107 catches in 2009. Cruz's 86 catches placed him seventh in the NFC and 12th in the NFL and his 1,092 yards were 10th in the conference and 15th in the league. He was one of 10 NFL players with at least 10 touchdown catches. Cruz caught at least three passes in every game but one (at Dallas on 10/28, when he had two receptions).
Hakeem Nicks is looking to rebound from a 2012 season in which he was sidelined or slowed almost the entire year by a knee injury.
Nicks was inactive for three games and made very brief appearances without a catch in two others. He finished third on the team with 53 receptions, second with 692 yards and tied for third with three touchdown catches.
Rueben Randle caught 19 passes and scored three touchdowns as a rookie and should play a larger role as an NFL sophomore in 2013. Randle played well in the spring drills and seems to have the inside track to be the third wide receiver.
Five-year veteran and first-year Giant Louis Murphy has 115 career receptions for 1,707 yards (14.8-yard avg.) and seven touchdowns. In 2012, he played in all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers and caught 25 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown.
The other wide receiver contenders include Jerrel Jernigan, Jeremy Horne and Kris Adams.
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