It was never supposed to be like this for the 2017 New York Giants. Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers during last year’s playoffs, this team was supposed to be fired and ready to compete for the trophy once again. Five games in and it looks like the Giants will only be preparing for the first pick in the draft. The team is still searching for its first win and after losing four receivers during yesterday’s game, it looks like they might never get it.
In a game of two winless teams, it seemed like the Giants should have easily taken this win. Unfortunately, that was before players started dropping like flies for New York. The team lost both Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard before halftime to ankle injuries. Shortly after the second half started, punt returner Dwyane Harris, who played wide receiver during the game for the first time this season, had to leave the game as well. Harris will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. It is unclear if this will also be the end of his Giants’ tenure, but that is a decision for the offseason.
As if losing three receivers before the fourth quarter was not devastating enough, the team lost their most passionate and best player, Odell Beckham Jr. The team confirmed after the game that he was not only lost for a week or two, but that he had broken his ankle and would get a second opinion before deciding on surgery. Beckham suffered the injury when he went up to catch a pass and landed with his left ankle wrapped up under Chargers DB Casey Hayward. Hayward and other Chargers’ players immediately waived for the Giants training staff to come out and check on Beckham. Beckham was seen screaming and crying in pain and probably frustration in what has been one of the most puzzling seasons in Giants history.
The team is also at a loss for words for what is going so wrong for a team that was just in the playoffs. Their schedule does not give them any comfort as they head to Denver to play the Broncos in what could have been a big Sunday Night matchup. Currently, the team has one fully healthy wide receiver on their roster in Roger Lewis. Brandon Marshall’s injury was not serious, however, it is unclear when he will be back. The team could move rookie TE Evan Engram to wide receiver, something they could have done during yesterday’s game, but he did not see much action despite the four receivers going down. The Giants announce they have re-signed Tavarres King who spent most of the last three seasons with the team. Former fan-favorite Victor Cruz could also see a phone call from the team as he was released by the Chicago Bears earlier in the season.