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Brainstorming Replacements for Plax

With Burress’ court date pushed back to June 15th (the day before mandatory mini-camps) it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Plax won’t suit up for the Giants on Week 1. He might not suit up at all. One NFL source told Newsday that:

“It’s tough to see him playing anytime soon, maybe not this year at all.I just don’t see any quick resolution”

With that in mind, who can replace Plax? It’s hard to do. Not many have his height and speed combination. He commands double teams. He makes Eli Manning a better QB. The Giants need someone who can replace that production and value if they want to compete for a Super Bowl. Who can replace him? Let’s see:

Braylon Edwards, Cleveland

There were failed trade talks earlier in the month. Could they heat up again? Perhaps. But the Donte’ Stallworth situation might make the Browns reluctant to trade their top receiver. I don’t see it happening.

Anquan Boldin, Arizona

This is more possible. Boldin seems to be unhappy in the Desert. The Giants would only have to give up draft picks to the NFC Champions. Are the Cards willing to trade one of their top players to a team that is challenging them for NFC supremacy? I don’t know. I think that, if a deal were to happen, it would happen around the time the Shockey deal happened-after the draft.

Kenny Britt, Rutgers

We here at GiantsGab love Kenny Britt. His size and speed combination has all of us salivating. Can he contribute now? Can he step in and be the number one guy? I’m not sure. I think he will be a number one target, but it might not happen this year. The Giants need someone who can contribute now.

Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

I know you’re reading this and thinking, “Man, this guy is crazy!” Well here me out. The Giants have 10 draft picks, including 5 in the first 100. The Giants don’t really need all 10 picks. Could they package a 1st rounder, both second rounders, and a future 1st rounder to, say, Seattle for Crabtree? I don’t know. I don’t think it will happen. But it’s surely possible.

Percy Harvin, Florida

A Reggie Bush 2.0. He can electrify, but can he stay healthy? Can he stand the grind of a NFL season? All questions that remain to be seen.

Personally, I would love to see Boldin in Blue. He comes in as a number 1. Eli will love throwing to him. You can then draft Britt and develop him, and now you have two number one guys. Not bad.

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5 Responses to “Brainstorming Replacements for Plax”

  1. Boldin would definitely be nice.

    I think there are a couple of other options: I think the Giants could get interested in Torry Holt if he drops his 8-9 million dollar price tag.

    Perhaps Harrison to fill in for a year? I’m not sure. I think it could come down to that.

    I think the most likely scenario, in my opinoin, is that the Giants will just wait until one of their first two picks to draft a WR I hear they really like Hakeem Nicks (I personally LOVE-Britt as you know)


    If Jeremey Maclin falls to the Chargers at 16-they could package their first two picks and move up to grab Maclin at 16 (before the Jets pick), which I would be perfectly okay with.

    Even if Maclin didn’t contribute as a WR right away and we had to lean on Hixon, Smith, and manningham

    Maclin would instantly boost the Return games, which desperately need help…if Hixon remains the number one or two WR.

    What do you think, buddy?

  2. Mike says:

    I agree the G-men need to do something now that the Plax situation has been put off till June.
    Can’t see them giving up that much to get Crabtree, we could fill other needs. Boldin sounds interesting but i’m nervous that he might be one big hit away from retirement after suffering that previous injury. With the possibility of Cutler going to the Browns and the Stallworth situation, they may keep Edwards.
    Personally i’d rather see Edwards in Blue.

    Another idea i’d like to run by you is this:
    Couls we trade out of the first round with Spags and get their pick 35 in the second round.Draft could play out this way:
    RD 2A (35)— Jared Cook
    RD 2B (45) — Kenny Britt
    RD 2c (60)— LeSean McCoy
    RD 3a Chip Vaughn
    Then fill needs at LB, OT, CB, ETC….

  3. MJ says:

    I like the idea of Boldin only if the plan is to pair him up with Plax when he does come back. The two of them would compliment each other and be devastating when paired up with the punishing NYG running game. How would you like to be a DC and have to worry about what happens downfield when you try and put 8 or even 7 in the box to stop the NYG running game when those 2 are your WR’s, along with Steve Smith in the slot. The though makes me salivate.

  4. Jeremy Fuchs says:

    Great discussion, I love it. Jesse, Kenny Britt, as you know, is GiantsGab top reciever for the G-Men. But, Maclin is the better player. He can help on the kick returns, and probably be a number one on day one. If he falls past Jacksonville (which there is a good possibility) I would move up to 15, trading spots with the Texans, and snatch him up.

    Mike, we could trade out of the first round, and I like the way your picks play out. However, I don’t think the Giants want MORE picks. If the Rams want to trade back in to the first round, it’s going to take the second, and probably a fourth or fifth. The Giants don’t have room for that.

    MJ, Boldin and Plax is scary. That has Super Bowl written all over it.

    BTW, there will be a new mock draft later tonight.

    • Mike says:

      Now that the Cutler trade with the Bears is over do you think the G-men will reopen discussions with the Browns for Edwards ? Obviously with the possibility of Cutler going to the Browns, as some reports mentioned, the talks with the Browns seemed to fade. Any word of renewed interest by the G-men for Edwards ?

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