Player News: Jernigan, Randle, Tuck

Some player news and commentary coming out of Jerry Reese’s media sessions yesterday at the NFL Combine…

Rotoworld: Giants GM Jerry Reese said at the Combine that Jerrel Jernigan finally started to live up to his draft status down the stretch of 2013.
Jernigan posted a 19-237-2 line over the final three games of 2013 and should see an expanded offensive role as the Giants’ third receiver in 2014, especially with new OC Ben McAdoo likely to install several three wide receiver sets. He is a sleeper in redraft leagues and worth owning in all dynasty formats.

Fennelly: I have an issue with the sudden love for Jernigan. He was playing in place of slot receiver Victor Cruz in those games. If the Giants did anything well on offense last season, it was getting the ball to the slot receiver. Jernigan has to prove he can play on the outside, because Cruz is best when he lines up on the inside. If JJ can do that, I’ll start buying into this mindset.


Rotoworld: Giants GM Jerry Reese said at the Combine he expects Rueben Randle to make a “significant jump” next season.
With the Giants moving on from free agent Hakeem Nicks, Randle is going to be the primary outside receiver in Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense. He had 41 catches, 611 yards, and six touchdowns despite only making three starts last year. Randle should see heavy targets as the No. 2 option behind Victor Cruz and is a major breakout candidate for 2014.

Fennelly: Randle has the ability and the tools to succeed as an NFL wideout. Last year, when he and Eli were on the same page, he made things look simple. When they were not, he looked like a green rookie. I blame the system and the dysfunction on offense for his transgressions in 2013. Nothing they did as a whole was fluid. This year should be different. Will Randle have a breakout season? I think he will.


Rotoworld: Giants GM Jerry Reese confirmed free agent DE Justin Tuck will be allowed to test the free agent market.
“Justin is going to go to the market and see what’s out there for him,” Reese said. “Free agency means free agency. It means you go out and get as much as you can.” Tuck recorded 11 sacks in 2013, but 9.5 of those sacks game in the final six games of the season. Tuck only recorded 10.5 sacks in the prior 37 games. He is our No. 8 free agent defensive end.

Fennelly: Reading between the lines, it looks as if Reese is hoping another team takes Tuck off his hands. The reality, though, is not many teams will be stepping forward to do so. I believe the market will be soft for Tuck. He had too long a dry spell before turning things around last season.  I can see Tuck fielding offers and then looking back to see if Reese will counter.

4 comments
Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

Great point about Jernigan.  When he was drafted - he was targeted to be a slot receiver.  I am not sure that he has the size to play on the outside.


Where I think we need depth at wide receiver - do we need to invest a top pick for a replacement for Nicks?  If we do - what does that say about Randle?


I think we can get a wideout in the mid to later rounds of this draft.  I'd rather invest a top pick in a lineman or possibly a TE.

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

Jernigan could be a #3 or #4 receiver. We have Cruz and the coaches wanted more from Randle that's sure. Another WR will come. I want from Jernigan the role that played Hixon years ago. We need a wide receiver who can step up when somebody is injured or not in good form. Jernigan has some speed, he can make yards after the catch and he is tough too (remember the hit from Chancellor). I don't think he will be or next star player but he can do some useful job for the team.

McGeorge
McGeorge

Good article!


I'm on board with letting Tuck test the waters.  Maybe the Giants can get him back for a team friendly contract.  Probably not.  But the Giants are playing this correctly.


Same for Hakeem Nicks.


I want to see the Giants address the OLine.

spider43
spider43

I agree with your assessment of Jernigan, John. Unless you go to a 4 receiver set, you can't start two slot receivers if either of them can't handle the wide out position. Jernigan hasn't proven he can line out wide in the pro game and still be effective.


As for Reese, I agree with his take on Tuck, for a change. It's better to not negotiate against yourself and overpay for someone like he's done with other players in free agency. By letting Tuck test the market, Reese can determine Tuck's true worth without having to over commit free agency dollars to him before Tuck has even talked to one other team. If Tuck is willing to come back at a team friendly deal, maybe that's ok. But like Nicks, I suspect we might have seen the last of Tuck on this team after the last few years of little production to show for the money paid out. It makes better business sense to move on sometimes, and in the process, get younger, faster, and more athletic.