The New York Giants suffered the worst possible loss to their team on Sunday as Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a broken ankle and will be out for the remainder of the year.
Yikes, that’s a scary thought for Giants fans. The team is already 0-5 and will go into Week 6 without there top-three receivers: Sterling Shepard (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle), and Beckham Jr. The team has the third-worst offense in the NFL with a mere 82 points scored this season.
Quarterback Eli Manning is likely begging his front office to send him some formidable back-up at the wide receiver position as soon as humanly possible.
This may be far-fetched, but two guys who would love to throw their hat in the ring would be Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (formerly Chad Johnson).
Both tweeted out the other night at the Giants expressing their willingness to suit up again on an NFL field.
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) October 8, 2017
This was probably a half-joke, half-series inquiry by the former Pro-Bowl wide receivers. There are 26,993 receiving yards and 220 touchdowns combined between T.O. and Ochocinco. Regardless of age, Owens and Ochocinco could probably still play at a discount.
At age 43, Owens firmly believes that he can still compete at a high level in the NFL. In August of this year, Owens went as far as to call it a “joke” that he is still not playing for a team.
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 31, 2017
“Me, not being on the field right now a is a joke,” Owens said. “I don’t care what people say. Even though I’m 43, trust me I’m not your average 43-year-old. But Imma take it back…me not being on the field right now is a joke.
“I can play, there’s no question about it. When you get into your 30s [people] think you’re on a decline. I basically surpassed that. Even when I was 35 they said I was too old but I was still ballin’ out against 20-year-olds. I can go out there right now and give you a 4.40 [40-yard dash time] at 43. I don’t necessarily have to play every down but I can give you something on that football field.”
What do the Giants have to lose at this point in the season? There is zero chance they can come back to secure a wild-card spot, let alone win the NFC East. Their season is essentially over and it’s time to focus on what changes need to be made in the offseason.
But since we are heading into Week 6 the Giants still need a way to attract fans to Met Life stadium and to their television sets on Sunday afternoons. Signing either T.O. or Ochocinco would give the fans something to look forward to at the very least. Come to think of it, signing both wouldn’t be a terrible idea either. The Giants could probably get both players for the price of one in their prime years.
If both players think they can still compete at a high level then the Giants should hold a work out for them at least. Just to test the waters and see if they have chemistry with Manning. What do the Giants have to lose at this point?