|PHOTOS: LOUIS MURPHY GALLERY|
Louis Murphy can help. Which is why the Giants signed the wide receiver last month.
The former Raider and Panther, who has run sub 4.4-second 40-yard dashes, has seven catches of 40 yards or more on his resume to go along with two 70-yard hauls. His career average of 14.8 yards per catch stacks up with Hakeem Nicks' 14.6 and Victor Cruz's 15.6.
Nicks, the Giants' first-round draft choice out of North Carolina in 2009, has been getting re-acquainted with the fellow member of his draft class.
"Me and Lou, we came out together, so we had a chance to meet during the whole draft experience and all that," Nicks said of Murphy, who was originally drafted by Oakland in the fourth round. "Lou is a good dude. He can bring a lot to the table. He can bring a lot. He can bring a good deep threat to the passing game. He has an enormous amount of speed. So I think we can definitely utilize that."
The Giants are also counting on the tight end position to free up the deep pass. Two days before they signed Murphy, the Giants added Brandon Myers, who is coming off a 79-catch season in Oakland. Meanwhile, wide receiver Rueben Randle flashed his potential down the stretch of his rookie season as another weapon for Manning.
"It's not just those two," Manning said. "That's the great thing about football. It's all 11 guys doing their job. We had to have that third receiver. Mario Manningham in 2011, who we had making some deep throws, getting down the field. So we need Rueben Randle or Louis Murphy to step into that role this year to give us an opportunity to hit some balls down the field and stretch the field."