Film Notes: Giants receivers stepping up

Originally Published: October 8, 2009
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, here is Scouts Inc.'s take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend.

Giants' receivers exceeding expectations

The production of this young corps of receivers -- Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks -- is way ahead of what anyone expected it to be. But when you analyze the players on film, they really do a lot of things well despite their inexperience. They are all doing a nice job of running disciplined routes and are good at getting off press techniques. Part of their success is because quarterback Eli Manning has showed patience while they separate from tight coverage, and they all are developing into good downfield blockers to create yards after the catch. Smith is spectacular right now, especially when working out of the slot and attacking the middle of the field. Manningham has explosive big-play ability, but his lapses in concentration lead to too many drops. He will get better, though. Nicks improves every week. This group will really grow together with a signal-caller who really believes in them.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.