New York Giants Projected To Cut Veteran Wideout Before Season

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The New York Giants, like every NFL franchise, have seen stars come and go in various stages of their career. That especially applies to wide receivers.

For some receivers, the Giants are the team where they hit their peaks. For others, the Giants have served as the player’s final stop.

Writing for The Athletic, Dan Duggan predicted that Allen Robinson II would risk falling into the latter category.

In a piece where Duggan revealed his prediction for New York’s 53-man roster, he had Robinson out of the team’s projected lineup. That is despite the team keeping seven wide receivers.

“Seven wide receivers feels excessive, but the Giants carried that many in 2022. The trouble with whittling the position is the top five receivers don’t contribute on special teams,” he wrote.

Heavy’s Michael Obermuller analyzed that Isaiah Hodgins could have been the reason why.

“Included in that top five was staff favorite Isaiah Hodgins, who appears to beat out Robinson head-to-head in this prediction. However, Duggan did add that Hodgins’ lack of special teams impact ‘will likely need to change’ if he’s going to make the roster — and you could say the same for Robinson who only has 26 special teams snaps on his career,” he wrote.

The prediction is a stunning development for a team that historically has had massive trouble maintaining a star-studded roster at the position. Even in a year in which the team might keep seven pass-catchers, Robinson might not make the cut.

Robinson, heading into an age 31 season following a string of down years, raises concern that the end might be near if he can’t find a spot with the Giants.

Allen Robinson II attempts to reverse lengthy multi-year decline in New York

According to Pro Football Reference, Robinson has been on a steady decline for three consecutive seasons.

After hitting 1250 yards with the Chicago Bears in 2020, Robinson hit a wall. In 2021, Robinson earned just 410 yards and one receiving touchdown.

In 2022, he recorded even less with just 339 yards and three touchdowns. Then last season, he totaled 280 yards and zero touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The market for wide receivers over the age of 30 with a recent history of decline is usually minute. If Robinson adds a preseason cut to his list, it might be that unfortunate time.

Of course, Robinson might use this as ammunition and experience a resurgence, paving the way to a potential Comeback Player of the Year award.

However, the odds appear to be stacked against him.

Will Allen Robinson II remind fans of other years of dominance in his past?

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