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Steve Smith Is Five Catches Away From Giants Record:

From The NYPOST:

Smith is on the verge of becoming the Giants’ single-season reception leader. He has 78 catches and needs five more to break Amani Toomer’s record of 82 set in 2002. Setting a new standard on Sunday against the arch-rival Eagles in a game that could be for a share of first place in the NFC East would be quite a feat.

Toomer holds the top three single-season reception records, a great credit to a player never selected to a Pro Bowl and never at any time in his career considered among the elite at his position. It’s a revealing indictment of an operation that hasn’t manufactured a Pro Bowl receiver in 41 years (Homer Jones, 1968). It’s altogether fitting that the Giants’ season record of 82 receptions is the lowest figure of all 32 teams in the league.

The Giants envisioned Smith to be more of a great complementary player than a leading man when they took him out of USC in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The departures of Toomer and Plaxico Burress thrust him into a starting role. He’s been better than advertised and at times is impossible to hang with over the middle.

Smith doesn’t have great size or speed, but his moves are subtle and crisp and his hands are trustworthy. He has developed into one of the most reliable receivers in the league, as no one has more than his 31 third-down catches. He’s second in the NFC (behind Larry Fitzgerald) and fourth in the NFL in receptions.

Is he a bust-out impact player? No. He averages 12.6 yards per catch and has five touchdowns. Mario Manningham has more desirable physical attributes but isn’t nearly as consistent. Rookie Hakeem Nicks is the more dynamic downfield threat but isn’t yet as polished. Smith is 24 years old. Before he’s done he might break the record he’s about to set.

Not bad for a guy the Giants invisioned to be a complementary receiver.  If Smith continues is hot hand through the rest of the season I hope he gets a serious look at a pro-bowl roster spot.  He does have to forget about some of the drops of  late and continue to be a BIG part of the passing game down the stretch.

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3 Responses to “Steve Smith Is Five Catches Away From Giants Record:”

  1. with these rules, you will see 160 catches from a player soon

  2. Rich says:

    Well, if you look at this team, who is pro bowl caliber besides Smith. I’m a huge Giants fan but also a realist when it comes to this team. I’m not the guy that will say his team is better even when they’re stinking up the place. But if you look at the roster, who is better to rep this team in the Pro Bowl than Smith? Answer: No one. Eli is not consistent enough (as opposed to last year when he only threw 10 INT’s) and Jacobs, Osi and Tuck are having off years but are catching on now, when it counts. So my vote goes to Smith hands down. If this group of young receivers can stay together, it could be a lethal group next year and beyond.

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