Jun 9, 2007
The stock of a quarterback I would love to own in dyansty someday, Eli Manning of the Giants, has taken a hit over the last two years. In no small part IMO, due to the past absence of TE Jeremey Shockey and WR Plaxico Burress for the team OTAs – the pair prefering to work out with their old Miami Hurricane teammates in south Florida.
Well, Shockey graced his New York mates with a rare off-season appearance this week, but warned everyone not to get used to it. “I’m glad I’m here and I enjoy it, but I hope people get used to it (his absence) because next year it’s going to be an issue again, and again the next year”.
Is it any wonder that Manning has struggled to find chemistry with Shockey and Burress, while the ancient Amani Toomer was enjoying a banner year until it ended in injury? The frustrating part as a past Shockey owner is that the lack of timing between the pair seems clearly evident.
As things stand, Shockey is a Top 3-5 talent who is certainly better than most. But when you read and hear the reports of the progess being made between TE Vernon Davis and QB Alex Smith in San Francisco and Antonio Gates and Phillip Rivers in San Deigo, you’re only left to wonder how much better could he be if he was working out with his boy full-time?
Personally, that’s the kind of information that will lead me to devalue Shockey to the bottom of his cut group. I’d rather have a player who’s a conjoined twin to his quarterback instead of tacitly undermining him.