Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Shockey hopes to be a giant of a Saint

New York Times columnist William Rhoden says tight end Jeremy Shockey needs to prove himself. The New York Giants proved themselves in the playoffs last season without Shockey. Nor Shockey needs to prove himself. According to the Times' story, Shockey's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said: “He’s been one of the most successful tight ends in N.F.L. history, but now I think he’s going to be more prolific in the Saints’ offense. I don’t think Jeremy could ask for a better situation.” Rosenhaus is probably right, which means Shockey has no excuses this time.
  • The New York Giants get two 2009 draft picks for tight end Jeremy Shockey, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • The New York Times reports that the Shockey trade now triggers a problem for the New York Giants -- finding a replacement for Shockey, 28. The Times reports: "Shockey leaves the Giants after 371 catches, for 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns in 83 regular-season games. The five tight ends left on the Giants’ roster have combined for 15 N.F.L. regular-season receptions. Three of them have caught no passes."
  • A look at Jeremy Shockey's career via a timeline. It all started April 20, 2002, when General Manager "Ernie Accorsi swaps first-round picks with the Titans and throws in a fourth-round pick to move up one spot and take Jeremy Shockey 14th overall."
  • Clark Judge of CBSsports.com said Jeremy Shockey had to go. Judge said: "He was a distraction. Worse, he was a disruption, and while I can abide by distractions I can't tolerate disruptions. Apparently, the New York Giants can't either."
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