Watch The 5 Epically Bad Drops That Cost Preston Parker His Job (And Might Cost Jerry Reese His, Too)
The 2015 New York Giants aren't as bad at their 0-2 record indicates, nor as they as inept as the final two minutes of those games may make them seem. They're not swimming in talent by any means, but this team has proven commodities that can contribute to a mildly successful season. Things could be worse -- they could be the Philadelphia Eagles.
Of the many explanations as to why this team has yet to find their way into the win column -- clock mismanagement, an inability to stop offenses in the fourth quarter, especially bad officiating -- the one reason that seems to get lost in the early-season panic has been the wide receiver play. With Victor Cruz still two weeks away from suiting up, the Giants slot option has been Preston Parker -- playing in his fifth season out of North Alabama. He has had 12 balls thrown his way. He has caught five of them. Of the seven passes he's dropped, six have come on third down, one on fourth down, and two came with less than a minute to play. Here's the kicker: all but two of them have been VERY catchable balls. Four were gimmies. Had he caught these balls, the Giants would be 2-0.
SPOILER ALERT: Preston Parker does not have a job anymore.
If Parker's mere presence on the team wasn't evidence of General Manager Jerry Reese's inability to evaluate offensive talent, the fact that Parker got the job over Packers' receiving TD leader James Jones is. Releasing Preston Parker into the wild reads as the desperate maneuvering of GM who knows he's on his way out because of these exact kinds of personnel decisions (he spent $17.5 million this offseason on three replacement-level players). Sure, on one hand, it's hard to anticipate a guy like Parker playing THIS bad, and there's no guarantee James Jones would've even gotten open were he in the slot (he's 32 years old and a shade slower), but this is the NFL. If a guy like Parker can lose his job for five dropped passes, Jerry Reese can lose his for a lengthy history of clumsy roster moves.
The five excruciating drops that may have cost the New York Giants their season, below...