The New York Giants are in dire need of a solid number-three wide receiver. Though Sterling Shepard had a great rookie season, they need a deep threat to play alongside Odell Beckham Jr. The team has limited cap space; retaining the defense will eat up much of that. So, where shall they turn to fill the void at receiver? The Giants could look inside their own ranks, look to the draft, or sign a relatively inexpensive free agent.
One option in the latter category is 24-year-old Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson. Wilson is an impending free agent. A seventh-round pick out of Washington State back in 2013, the 6’4″ wide receiver has been plagued by injuries in his first four years in the NFL and has never had the chance to start a full season. When he did play this past year, he showed a lot of promise.
Wilson only played in three games for the Bears, one coming against the Giants. In his only start, he collected eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. New York typically likes to sign free agents they play against, as indicated by the past acquisitions of Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and the recently released Rashad Jennings. Each of those players joined the Giants following a season in which he faced them. Wilson happened to play against NY in one of his only three games.
Wilson is likely to be cheap too, given he is still young and relatively unproven. But the upside of a wide receiver like Wilson is very high, and he’ll only get more opportunities sharing the field with Beckham. Had Wilson played an entire season keeping up at the pace he was at in 2016, he would’ve had 853 receiving yards and five touchdowns, off 48 catches. This young man has a shot at becoming extremely productive in an offense like New York’s, alongside OBJ, Sterling Shepard, and Eli Manning.
New York needs to have more down-field options, and Wilson will certainly help with that. He would give Manning the tall receiver he hasn’t had in a long time. Should he join the Giants and have a healthy year, the sky is the limit.