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Plax Gone: What’s Next?

With Plax being released, the Giants need a replacement. They need a legitimate number one receiver, for not just this season, but for seasons to come. We’ll go in depth as to what the loss of Plax means, and what they can do to fill the void.

The really great thing about Burress is his size/speed combination. He consistently commands double teams. There always has to be a safety on him, leaving a hole in the running game for the Giants to exploit. Receivers like Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon could take advantage of single coverages. Besides being tall (making him a great red zone target) he could catch any ball over a corner’s head. No cornerback was taller than him, and Eli Manning could easily throw it up, and he would catch it. The Giants have no one remotely similar on the roster.

We saw last year how much the Giants struggled when Plax shot himself. Part of it was the emotional part. But a big part of it was his missed presence on offense. He’s a game breaker. He’s clutch. The whole offense ran around him. And, the Giants didn’t really adjust to that. When Plax went down, the Giants didn’t convert to a power running game (which they were capable of), but rather trying to make Domenik Hixon something he’s not. Kevin Gilbride has his work cut out for him.

Since the Giants do need a replacement, who should they get? I’d love Braylon Edwards. Give two seconds and a fourth, and make him Eli’s new best friend. You can still draft Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks in the first round. 

But, more than anything, the Giants have to change their offense. They should convert to that power running game, making Jacobs the focal point. Let him wear down defenses, and let Ahmad Bradshaw or Danny Ware take advantage. Use Mario Manningham as your downfield threat. Steve Smith is your possession guy. Braylon Edwards (or whatever veteran they sign/trade for) your number one. Let Domenik Hixon focus on punt returns. You’re a better team already.

I think you’ll see Jerry Reese become very aggressive in finding a replacement. There are three weeks until the draft, and I don’t think Reese will let the draft pass without a number one wideout. It should be very interesting to say the least.

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