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Giants sign WR Samuel Giguere to PS squad

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Giants sign WR Samuel Giguere to PS squad

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:44 pm

didn't know much about him to be honest, but after checking out a Colts site, he looks like a decent pick up.

He is listed at 5-11, 215

Pre-Draft Measurables

40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds

3-Cone Drill: -.– seconds (DNP)

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.14 seconds

Bench Press: 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 42 inches

Broad Jump: 123 inches

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Sam Giguere joined the Indianapolis Colts as a three-year starter out of Sherbrooke College — in Sherbrooke, Quebec — who was drafted in the top 10 (eighth overall) of the CFL draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Giguere passed up a chance to be an automatic starter for a CFL team for a shot to make the Colts roster. While generating mild interest leading up the the 2008 NFL draft, the Colts keyed into Giguere prior to the draft — thanks to Bill Polian’s experience with the CFL when he was the coach of the Montreal Alouettes, and continued relationship with many current CFL scouts.

As a symptom of flying under the radar while in Canada, there is effectively zero pre-draft analysis of his strengths and weaknesses. Giguere has the size of Garçon with better speed, strength, and jumping height. In terms of college production, Giguere also has similar production (as the Canadian college league only plays 8 games a year instead of 12-13) as Garçon, against comparable competition.

Early in the 2010 off-season, Bleacher Report posted an inside report that expressed the view of the Colts organization towards Giguere as one of hope, and the belief that Giguere could be a hard-nosed, “Wes Welker,” type of player. Given the success of Garçon as a physical receiver, and Collie as a slot receiver, Giguere potentially gives the Colts a tough and athletic slot receiver.

The recent preliminary off-season depth chart has also highlighted the desire of the Colts to utilize Giguere, seeing how the receiver position is loaded with talent that may force Giguere to warm the bench for a while longer. While it is likely Peyton Manning would find a use for him as a receiver, the development of Garçon, Collie, and the returning health of Anthony Gonzalez have put considerable attention on Giguere’s previous punt and kick return skills, especially given his size and quickness. This may ultimately be the reason Giguere secures a roster spot in the short-term, but could quite possibly explode as a receiver, if given the chance.

This triple-threat potential (Wide receiver/Slot receiver/Kick returner) has inspired the confidence of the Colts coaches, and the front office, enough to keep him for two years to develop. While Giguere has one more year of practice squad eligibility left, this may prove to be a make or break year for him. If Giguere can’t break the roster this year, the Colts may be forced to let three years of tutelage and development of a potentially bigger, faster, and more nimble Garçon slip into the free agent market, where teams like the Texans, Titans, and Jags continue to absorb former Colts players. While this tactic has not caused great harm in the past, Giguere could be a significant piece to a less talented WR corps.
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Re: Giants sign WR Samuel Giguere to PS squad

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:48 pm

from giants.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants made a practice squad roster move today, signing wide receiver Samuel Giguere and terminating the contract of offensive lineman Dennis Landolt.

Giguere, 5-11 and 214 pounds, spent most of the previous two seasons on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on Dec. 30, 2009 and played in the season finale at Buffalo. Giguere was inactive for the Colts' three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV.

This summer, Giguere played in all four preseason games with the Colts and started the Sept. 2 game vs. Cincinnati. He had six catches for 65 yards, with a long reception of 19 yards.

Giguere was originally signed by the Colts as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008. He spent that entire season on the team's practice squad. Last year, he was on and off the practice squad several times before joining the roster. The Colts cut him on Sept. 4.

Giguere played three years at Sherbrooke College in Quebec, where he caught 94 passes for 919 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is a native of Sherbrooke who was born on July 11, 1985.

Landolt, who was with the Giants in training camp, has been on the practice squad since Sept. 15.


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