With neither Victor Cruz nor Hakeem Nicks in attendance at Giants off-season team activities, Eli Manning has had no choice but to rely on the younger wide receivers.
Among them: second and third-year players Reuben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan, as well as free-agent addition Louis Murphy.
Randle, who filled in as the Giants slot receiver with Mario Manningham having departed for the 49ers, is currently penciled above of Murphy on the depth chart.
In his first season after being drafted 63rd overall out of LSU, Randle hauled in 19 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. In the team’s final five games, he managed 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Entering his third season, Jernigan has been filling in for Cruz in the slot, earning praise from both Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. In two seasons out of Troy, Jernigan has nine grabs for 22 yards.
Murphy signed with New York after four seasons with Oakland. With a rotating door at quarterback for the Raiders, Murphy has averaged 29 catches and 427 yards per year, in addition to seven touchdown receptions.
Cruz has not reported amid contract disputes, while Nicks, who is recovering from numerous injuries to his knee and foot, honored the “voluntary” label to these sessions.
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