Ramses Barden staying in New York
The fifth-year wide receiver underwent a physical on Thursday and joined caught up with his teammates for the later part of the OTAs session today.
“I’m happy to be back. This is where I wanted to be and now I’m here. I was out there listening to the calls,” said Barden, “getting back into the rhythm of the cadence, enjoying the camaraderie and absorbing everything. I remember everything; I’ve had four years to soak it all up. I’m happy to be back on the field.”
The former Cal Poly product was selected in the third-round of the 2009 draft by the Giants but never lived up to expectations as injuries curtailed his progress early on. Barden played sparingly during his first three seasons in the league, appearing in just three games as a rookie, while ending up on the injured reserve in 2010 and missing the final seven games of the season after suffering an ankle fracture. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound spent the 2011 training camp and most of that season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list while rehabbing the broken ankle. Barden finished with just nine receptions for 94 yards in the 2011 season.
Last season, Barden posted career-highs of 14 receptions for 220 yards, and making his first career start in a 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers while catching nine passes for 138 yards in Week 3. However, Barden primarily served in as a reserve wide receiver for the New York Giants while appearing in 12 games last season. Particularly over the past two seasons, Barden has been buried on the depth chart behind Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and a several other options at wide receiver. Due to lack of sufficient playing time in the Giants’ rotation at wide receiver, Ramses Barden said in February that he was “ready for something new” after becoming a free agent following the 2012 season.
But Barden drew little interest on the free agent market and now finds himself making the best out of a second chance with the Giants. But for what it’s worth, this time around Barden has some big plans for the 2013 season, and unlike some wide receivers he is already familiar with the Giants’ system.
“I feel great,” said Barden. “I expect the best."
The Giants could use another wide receiver on the roster after missing Victor Cruz from their OTAs sessions this week as he negotiates a long-term contract extension with the team. Hakeem Nicks, who is coming off a minor offseason knee surgery, was also called out by coach Tom Coughlin for his absence during Wednesday’s OTAs session, though it had nothing to do with any contract situation.