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Leonard’s Giants Mailbag: Biggest rookie impact besides Saquon Barkley, the most likely third receiver, and more 

Micah, the answer is: not Dez Bryant. No, really, even though the Giants would seem to benefit from adding one more big body on the outside, Bryant has lost a step and wouldn’t be a culture fit (and that’s an understatement). So far the Giants are talking as if free-agent signing Cody Latimer (6-2, 215) will be that guy. But Latimer is here to contribute on special teams, too, and his career best in four seasons in Denver was only last year’s 19 catches for 287 yards and two TDs. So it’s unknown if he can be the true No. 3 type you’re referring to. Instead, my feeling is you’ll see a lot of “12” and “21” personnel — either one running back and two tight ends, or two TEs and one RB — involving Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison all on the field with receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. And Engram’s versatility as a receiver will enable Pat Shurmur to split him out wide and give an “11” personnel look (one RB, one TE, three WRs). That would be the base, with other receivers possibly joining the mix of contributors. Names I think you should watch are returning wideout Hunter Sharp and rookie undrafted free agent Jawill Davis (Bethune-Cookman University).

Pat Leonard

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