The Giants did not make any significant additions to their receiving corps this offseason – an indication that the team is content and feel the weapons they have are already strong.
Amani Toomer disagrees.
The former Giants receiver and franchise leader in receptions is not impressed with the group of Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton.
“I think it’s lacking,” he told Paul Schwartz of The New York Post.
Neither Shepard nor Tate nor Slayton finished inside the top 40 last season in receptions or receiving yards, but none of them played more than 11 games, either.
However, nobody is confusing any of those receivers as a “true No. 1,” which is what the team had in Odell Beckham Jr. before they traded him – a move that still has Toomer said he was still upset about on an appearance with WFAN's 'Moose & Maggie' last month and echoed again to The Post.
“I’m still confused on why the got rid of Odell,” he said. “Really confused. And every time I ask somebody in the office, it’s like, ‘Well, it was a fit thing’ and all this nebulous, circumstantial stuff. Or, ‘Oh he wasn’t a good fit in the locker room.’ But everybody I talked to loved him. Even the trainers all loved him. So, I don’t know. They went from having a strength to now it’s a position where they need something else.”
The Giants counted on Tate and Shepard to lead the receiving game last season, but neither has impressed Toomer. Actually, it was Slayton – a fifth-round pick who enters his second season – whom Toomer believes “has the most upside.”
Slayton led the team with eight receiving touchdowns and finished with 48 catches for 740 yards, developing a strong chemistry with Daniel Jones.
Meanwhile, Shepard finished with 57 receptions, 576 yards and three touchdowns, but missed some time with concussions. Tate had 49 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games, but missed the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s PED policy.
“I’m a little disappointed in Shepard, I don’t know,” Toomer said. “My dad always used to tell me, ‘He’s hell when he’s well, he’s just sick all the time.’ That’s what I think when I think of him. He’s just always, there’s always something hurt, or something.”
“I think Golden Tate is just a tougher version of [Shepard],” Toomer added. Basically they’re the same receiver, but Golden Tate is a tougher version of him.”