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With the departure of Hakeem Nicks, the Giants were in the market for a veteran wide receiver. They looked over the free agent eligible list and decided to bring back Mario Manningham, the Super Bowl XLVI hero who has spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Have they chosen familiarity over production and upside? Perhaps. Manningham has been plagued by an unstable left knee the past several years, although it is now stable enough for the Giants' doctors to give him a clean bill of health. He has always been a favorite of QB Eli Manning and the Giants' front office. Another positive is his age. He turns 28 in May.

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Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News reports that former Giant WR Mario Manningham will be visiting the team today. If right, he could be the guy to fill the open WR slot this season...

It?s hard to know what the Giants would get out of Manningham in his second tour of duty, given that he tore his ACL in 2012 and struggled to return from that last season. The Giants seem set to go with Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrell Jernigan as their top three receivers, but now that Hakeem Nicks is gone, the team does need depth behind that trio. Manningham would likely provide that.
He's not my ideal candidate, but he is a known entity. Signing him doesn't rule out any future moves at wideout the Giants might be contemplating. If can draft a stud, they'll still do it, but Mario would compliment the current group nicely.
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With neither Victor Cruz nor Hakeem Nicks in attendance at Giants off-season team activities, Eli Manning has had no choice but to?rely on the younger wide receivers.

Among them: second and third-year players Reuben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan, as well as free-agent addition Louis Murphy.

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There has been some speculation on behalf of San Francisco 49ers fans that running back Brandon Jacobs, formerly of the New York Giants, helped out his old squad.

One 49ers blog included a post from a fan who claimed he saw Jacobs "do something fishy" ...

"I'm telling you man, I have a really hard time believing there's no chance Jacobs did something fishy. It straight up LOOKED like they knew our entire gameplan and everything we were gonna do, then when you factor in we have a player who's been documented as being pissed at the coaching staff for never playing, AND that he used to play for our opponent and is clearly still very buddy-buddy with them based on his post-game actions, it's very very very very VERY fishy."
The fan points out Jacobs visited the Giants' clubhouse after the game, and that players don't just visit opposing team's locker rooms. Then again, not every player was such a key component on two Super Bowl-winning teams.

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Mario Manningham was anything but reserved when it came to discussing how he felt about playing his old team.

The former New York Giants wide receiver who made one of the most significant catches in the franchise's post-season history signed with San Francisco in the off-season. Yes, he went behind enemy lines.

When asked what he's looking forward to about Sunday's clash between his new and former teams, Manningham said it was a dream.

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Finally, a normal week for once. After two Wednesday games in a row, a Sunday at 1 game is on the schedule this week. Don't get used to it. ?The Giants follow this Sunday's homer against Tampa with a Thursday jaunt to Carolina and a Sunday nighter in Philly. That makes three national games in the first four weeks. The price of success, I guess.

Going into this season, the Giants looked up and down their schedule and shook their heads. The only semi-breathers are this week vs Tampa and another homer against Cleveland. The way these two teams played this week, they may prove to be tough games. The Browns had the Eagles beat yesterday up until the last minute. Tampa held Carolina to 10 yards rushing.

In addition, Washington - who had a lot of the pieces last year except QB - finally have one and they could be a force. RGIII lit up the Superdome yesterday in his NFL debut. The Giants already have problems with the Redskins and now here comes this kid like a reincarnation of Randall Cunningham, the infamous Giant killer.

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In the seven years since the Giants traded their first-round pick to San Diego in the wow-that-worked-out-pretty-well Eli Manning deal, they've drafted a defensive player with their first pick every year except 2009, when they took Hakeem Nicks. None of those draft choices can be qualified as busts, as Corey Webster (2005), Mathias Kiwanuka (2006), Aaron Ross (2007), Kenny Phillips (2008), Nicks (2009), Jason Pierre-Paul (2010), and Prince Amukamara (2011) have all been contributors on at least one of Big Blue?s two 21st century SuperBowl title teams. (Note: Webster was technically a second round pick, but the Giants? first pick of the 2005 draft nonetheless.)

Although defense has been the norm in recent years, predicting what the Giants will do with this year?s first-round pick is no easy task. Jerry Reese tends to stray away from addressing immediate needs early on in the draft. He is a strict believer in the ?best player available philosophy?, preferring to stock talented players for the future--even if those players are not ready to make an impact right away.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2012 NFL Draft, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott, Dave Tollefson, Eli Manning, Giants Defense, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jake Ballard, James Brewer, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, Perry Fewell, Ramses Barden, Super Bowl XLVI, William Beatty
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The 49ers have disclosed the terms of former Giants WR Mario Manningham's new contract.....as per our partners at CSNBayArea....

Newly signed wide receiver Mario Manningham will account $2.487 million on the 49ers' 2012 salary cap, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Friday.

The 49ers and Manningham agreed to a two-year, $7.375 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus and another $2.45 million in salary guarantees, the source said.

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Former Giants WR Mario Manningham officially inked his new contract with the San Francisco 49ers today, but still laments the fact that his old team could not retain him....

"Yeah, I was disappointed, but that?s me knowing the business part of that system. Who wouldn?t want to come back to the team that drafted them? But that?s in the past, and I won a Super Bowl with them. I give them credit for teaching me things. But this is my new team," Mario told reporters today.

He said that he almost signed withe the Rams and that the prospect of playing with Peyton Manning did not sway his decision towards the Bay Area...

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The Super Bowl 46 hero wore red on St. Patrick's Day, signing with the San Francisco 49ers. ?But how much will losing Mario Manningham really hurt the Giants?

From 2009-2010, the receiver affectionately known as ?Super Mario? (along with every other professional athlete named Mario) averaged a strong 58.5 receptions, 883 yards and seven touchdowns.? He made a number of explosive plays during his Giants career, and caught a touchdown pass in all three games of the NFC playoffs.?But the former third round pick from Michigan has also dealt with drops, poor route running, miscommunication with the quarterback and nagging injuries. Despite making plenty of positive contributions, Manningham never developed into a consistent starting receiver.

Manningham missed four games of the 2011 season with a concussion and knee issues, and at one point it looked like he might need season-ending surgery. But the Giants weathered what could have been a disastrous injury, and actually looked like a better offensive team without their #3 receiver on the field.?Here are Eli Manning?s statics in those four games, compared to 12 games with Manningham on the field:

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I just want to thank ALL of?@Giants?Nation from my teammates I have played with to all my coaches throughout my years in NY... most importantly I want to thank all of the fans for being behind me and supporting me since draft day. I might be moving on to a different team but will never forget where I started in this league. Being a part of and helping bring another Super Bowl Championship to this great organization and city is something that will last with me forever. So once again THANK YOU!!

Former Giant WR Mario Manningham via Twitter

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The Giants said their goodbyes to Mario Manningham quite awhile ago. He gave them what they needed when they needed it this season and not much more could have been expected of him at this point.

He signed a two-year deal with San Francisco yesterday, who is building up their offense to match their already suffocating defense. Mario will join a receiving corp that is shaping up nicely: newly signed WR Randy Moss, former first round selection WR Michael Crabtree, TE Vernon Davis and WR Kyle Williams (yes, that Kyle Williams).

Who will play QB still remains a question. Alex Smith is visiting the Dolphins this week. Former Niner HOF QB Steve Young feels Peyton Manning is still a real possibility and that they have the inside track...

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Former Giants' WR Mario Manningham has agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers according to our partners at Pro Football Talk.

A league source tells PFT that Manningham has agreed to terms with the 49ers on a two-year deal.

Manningham also had been in negotiations with the Rams.

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Former Giants' TE Kevin Boss, who was released by the Oakland Raiders just yesterday, was signed to a deal by the Kansas City Chiefs today.

Boss will get $9 million over three years from the Chiefs. He also is scheduled to receive $2 million that was guaranteed to him for this season by Oakland before he was cut.

Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham allegedly left San Francisco without a deal today and will meet with the St. Louis Rams next. The Rams have approximately $30 million in cap space and after missing out on some big free agent WRs, might win a bidding war for Mario's services. The Rams are also interested in another former Giant WR - Steve Smith.

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Ross Tucker and former Giant star WR Amani Toomer of NBC Sports discuss this year's WR free agent class. One of the topics? Where Mario Manningham stacks up against the other free agent wideouts this March.

Is he a No. 1 receiver? Any team that has done their homework knows that he isn't. Tucker points out Manningham's inconsistent career thus far including the injuries and mental lapses that have held him back from reaching the next level. Both he an Amani feel Mario will have wait behind the likes of Marques Colston, Pierre Garcon, Brandon Lloyd and others.

They are right. Mario is not a No. 1 receiver, but as our colleague at ESPN, Colin Cowherd, always says we are 'prisoners of the moment' in America and Mario's recent success may garner him a nice deal. The reality is that some team will overpay.

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Will the Giants miss WR Mario Manningham? Sure they will, but GM Jerry Reese isn't getting fitted for a second Super Bowl ring because he's incapable of developing players and recovering from the loss of free agents. He and the Giants do it as well as anyone.

Manningham, who is "75 percent" certain he'll leave via free agency next month, was the team's third receiver, not a Pro Bowler. Granted, he is just coming into his own, but truth be told, he was often injured and in many cases disappeared. He will need to go to a team that has an Eli Manning -or better- at QB (that's about three teams, tops) to continue to develop. He's replaceable. The Giants have plenty of options, both internal and external, at their disposal to do that.

Last season, the team drafted WR Jerrel Jernigan, who is tailor-made for the slot. They also still like Ramses Barden and have a wild cared at their disposal in Dan DePalma - who looks eerily like Wes Welker at times.

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Counting down Jerry Reese's eleven best draft picks/ undrafted free agents

Mario Manningham: Round Three (Pick 95), 2008

Manningham?s story is unlike most of the players you'll find on this type of list; he wasn?t an unknown commodity and he didn't come from a small school. On the contrary, he was a well-known and popular player from one of the biggest football schools in the country. ?"Super Mario" decided to forgo his senior season at Michigan, but still managed to rank in the top ten in terms of receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in school history.? He was considered by most to be a first round prospect.

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This didn't take long. Giants' free-agent WR Mario Manningham is rumored to be fleeing south to join former Giants' assistant coach Mike Sullivan in Tampa Bay.

As per Clark Judge of CBSSports.com....

Manningham is expected to follow former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan to Tampa Bay. Sullivan, who was the Giants quarterbacks coach, recently took a job as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator....But there are other reasons Manningham won't be back, sources said. First, they said, he would know Sullivan's offense, so there is no learning curve. Second, people close to Manningham indicate that he wants to go to a warm-weather club, and last time I checked Tampa Bay qualified on that score. Third, sources said the Giants probably wouldn't make him a contract offer, not only because they believe his price may be too high but because they're more interested in a wide receiver who can line up at more than one or two spots at the position, which, they said, Manningham cannot.
Giants' GM Jerry Reese cannot outbid the Bucs for Mario's services. The Giants are one of several teams still over the salary cap (by approximately $7-9 million depending on who you beleive) and Tampa Bay has around $50-60 million to play around with.

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Giants' WR Mario Manningham's promising NFL career has been one that has been held back by incessant ailments and inconsistent performances. This year, he almost became an afterthought with both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz having monster seasons.

Last night, with the Patriots pulling out all the stops to neutralize Cruz and struggling to keep up with the prolific Nicks, Mario made the best of the opportunities QB Eli Manning presented him with. His 38-yard reception on 1st-and 10 from the Giants' 12-yard-line with 3:46 remaining jumpstarted the Giants' game-winning drive.

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Giants' WR Mario Manningham knows the Patriots need Julian Edelman in their secondary to match up with their speed. The fact that Edelman is a WR playing defense has the Giants seeking opportunities.

?It?s not just me, but us as a receiving corps," Manningham said. "We know he?s a great player, but we want to go out and do what we have to do to win. No matter what it takes. He plays wide receiver. He?s not a real defensive back. Did he get drafted as a defensive back? We have a little bond going on knowing that we can beat somebody. We?re confident. I hope he?s out there.?

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I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Kevin Gilbride. You sir have risen from the ashes of my defeat and given me immeasurable hope. Because of you Giants Nation can rejoice in the knowledge that I, Mr. Bad Guy am not in fact dead.

You may have thought I was getting weak. I wouldn?t blame you. The last post I wrote while watching QVC and hemming your sister?s skirt. I was overflowing with joy; straight up giddy in fact. Sue me.

But I took a long look in the mirror this morning. I wiped the smile from my face. No points allowed on defense? Great, that?s their job isn?t it? Eli throws 3 TDs and the rushing attack combines for over 100 yards? Good to know. But those first couple drives? C?mon KillDrive are you serious?

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During the Holiday Season, even The Bad Guy finds himself in a forgiving mood. For instance, I?ve found it in my heart to absolve Victor Cruz of his childhood allegiance to the Dallas Cowboys. So I know that you?ll all forgive me for incorrectly projecting a Giant downfall on Saturday. It just so happens that Santa was not sleeping. He received my letter, mulled it over, and decided on a bigger and better present than I had asked for. Instead of a TE, he delivered a defense to help Eli Manning soar past the Jets and land in a Title Fight on Jan.1.

Last week, one particularly enthusiastic Giants fan (see: threatens to break things after losses) referred to Justin Tuck as ?Papa Defense.? I don?t like the title, mainly because the word ?Papa? immediately makes me think of a creepy guy in a red button down shirt selling me crappy pizza. But I agree with it.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Jake Ballard, Justin Tuck, Mario Manningham, Mark Sanchez, New York Giants, Standard, Victor Cruz
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This morning I sat in my office; blue shirt, blue tie, tailored blue suit. A subtle but gratifying celebration. 8 hours earlier I had begun to type a eulogy for Coughlin?s tenure as Giants Head Coach. I had painted a morbid picture of Tommy paddling furiously against a vicious current. The harder he attempted to reach shore, the quicker the weight tied to his ankles pulled him out to the Atlantic. That weight of course, is Kevin Gilbride.

But as I sat at my desk and retuned this piece, I instead found myself joyously documenting a stay of execution. I considered the high level of play being provided by the offense despite the inadequacy of the coordinator. I reveled in the emergence of a rising defensive star that helped his unit reward the efforts of one of the league?s top QB talents with an outstanding special teams contribution.

Be warned, however, that despite the heat I?ve garnered in the past for not painting a PR picture and playing the role of Pat Hanlon, the following reactions from last night?s game will contain both positive and negative feedback. But I know you?ll keep reading. If you want a story that?s all smiles, buy a Disney movie (I recommend Toy Story, it has not failed to make me laugh hysterically in 16 years). For those of you brave enough, here we go?

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WR Mario Manningham has been added to the Giants' injury report for tomorrow's game in San Francisco,

He is questionable after injuring his knee yesterday in practice.

As per SNY insider Ralph Vacchiano:

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Eli Manning wanted to be a better quarterback.? He had something to prove to his fans, his teammates and to himself.

Most importantly, week after week in the 2011 season Eli Manning has gotten better and delivered. While I am fresh off a plane from Boston and Gillette Stadium I happy to say I am late posting my story due to excess celebrating amongst Patriots fans.

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For those who saw last night's documentary "The Dotted Line" by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) on ESPN about sports agents, you can't be feeling warm and fuzzy about Giants' rookie LB Jacquian Williams today.

Williams was one of the players featured in the doc, being sold hard to NFL teams by his fledgling agent Eugene Lee. Lee worked his tail off for Williams, making sure his name stayed on the forefront of NFL GM's minds as this year's draft barreled on. Williams was finally picked by the Giants in the sixth round.

Shortly after, Jacquian upgraded his representation to ProStar Sports, leaving Lee with little to show for his efforts.

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DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) and WR Mario Manningham (concussion) did not accompany the team to Philadelphia today after being ruled out of tomorrow's game vs the Eagles.

Osi has still not been cleared by team doctors and Mario went through the league's mandated battery of tests and apparently was not greenlighted for tomorrow.

CB Prince Amukamara (foot) also diid not make the trip.

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Over the last 20 years Kevin Gilbride has been the quarterbacks coach or the offensive coordinator for six different teams in NFL!? The constant landscape change would lead you to believe his services are not well regarded.

For five years Gilbride ran the run and shoot in Houston.? Run and shoot!? That puts the fear in me even as I write it.? Yes, the team had huge offensive numbers but that was Warren Moon.

Last time I checked, Warren Moon was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.? I'm gonna stick with my theory that Moon made Gilbride look pretty good.

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Over all it won't matter to Eli who gets cuts today because the offense is pretty much set.? Yes, Manning is hoping for a free agent Tight End to find his way to the East Rutherford and if he cuts down his interceptions 2011 can be a playoff type of year.? His arsenal of weapons is slightly different from last year but still explosive.

Ranking Eli's best weapons:

1. WR - Hakeem Nicks - The 2009 1st round draft pick has come as advertised.? One could say he has been sniffing around pro bowl status during his two years in the NFL.? Nicks is 6' 1" and 215 lbs and his game is very similar to Michael Irvin the former Dallas Cowboy and now Hall of Fame inductee.

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I hope the all Giants fans "read between the lines" on the Jerry Reese recent press conference.? Back Off, I know what I'm doing...would be the theme.

Now, with that said lets all raise a pint to Jerry Reese and laugh at some of the comments he thinks we should believe. Roll the highlights...

1. "We had a game plan and we are sticking to our game plan" - So what plan would that be?? Loosing 3 out of 5 of our top Free Agents and ignore anyone on the open market that might make this team better?

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Bear Pascoe, David Baas, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Fantasy Football, Free Agency, Giants News, Jerry Reese, Kevin Boss, Linval Joseph, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, Tony Romo
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QB: A-

Let?s state the obvious. Eli Manning is the starter. Continuing with the obvious theme, Manning needs to improve.

I don?t want to hear one more excuse about the players around him, injuries, or any other outside factor. He is supposedly the chosen one, the franchise symbol. Yes, many of his interceptions last season bounced off receiver?s hands. Yes the run game bottomed out at times in 2009. Yes, two seasons ago he surpassed 4,000 yards in the air. It doesn?t matter. He?s being paid to be a leader. If a receiver can?t catch, teach him how. If a member of your offense is obnoxious and overbearing in the huddle/locker room, handle it.

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While many Giants fans bemoan the lack of activity by the front office, Osi?s distracting antics, and crippling injuries, there is one thing that most fans can take comfort in. That is a corps of young receivers who will be back for the team.

While there may be some issues regarding depth with this unit (hence the need to get Steve Smith back in the fold), the Giants do boast a veritable receiving duo in Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, who are both coming off career years. As a unit, the team finished 10th in the NFL in receiving yards (242.8)

Nicks is the primary target. Nicks is coming off a season in which he caught 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns, and that was only in 13 games. Manningham, meanwhile, also posted career bests with 60 receptions for 944 yards and nine touchdowns.

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We don't like to brag, but the team here at SNY knows their stuff. When it comes to resources, we got 'em. When it comes to experience, we have that, too.

That is why when I scour the net for stories and leads each day, there are always a few clunkers that I trip over. ?Today, it was on a site called OpposingViews.com.

They ran an article that stated the Giants do not need the services of Steve Smith and Ahmad Bradshaw, a sentiment that we here at GFB are largely opposed to.

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Also Check Out Grading The Units: Quarterbacks

Today we examine the wide receivers as well as the tight ends. The wide receiver unit is rich with potential, injury risk and X-factors.? The tight end core is, as the kids are saying, ?meh.?

The biggest complaint for the wide receivers is that there is no ?legit number one.?? The definition of a ?legit number one,? according to these people, is someone who blends both size and speed; someone who can stretch the field and double as a large red-zone target. My response to this argument is that if Hakeem Nicks is not a ?legit number one,? this is a very rare breed.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He is fast enough to stretch the field (he has caught a 30 yard pass in a larger perecentage of his games than did Plaxico Burress as a Giant), and he wreacked havoc in the red zone last year, grabbing 11 touchdowns in 13 games.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He just needs to stay healthy.

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We continue our look at statistical analyses of New York Giants players. Football Outsiders performed a study to determine which offensive players break the most tackles.

We defined a "broken tackle" as one of two events: either the ballcarrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ballcarrier jukes him out of his shoes.
The study used statistic gleamed from every offensive play of the season (special teams plays were not included) to determine which running backs and receivers broke the most tackles.

Ahmad Bradshaw broke 38 tackles, good for fourth in the league among running backs. ?Mario Manningham was tied for?eighth?among wide receivers/tight ends with nine broken tackles.

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So says ESPN.com's Dan Graziano:

I went with the Giants because I think the three guys we're talking about -- Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham-- fit their roles so perfectly. Nicks is the big, sure-handed downfield and red-zone target, a young but supremely skilled receiver who, I believe, will be talked about a year from now as the best receiver in the division. Smith is the possession man, Eli Manning's super-reliable safety net and short-yardage target. Those 100 catches two years ago were no fluke. That's who a healthy Smith is. (A healthy Smith, I said, yes. We'll get to that in a second.) And Manningham is the home-run threat -- a clear No. 3, but a No. 3 with incredible potential on any given play.
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With free agency (hopefully) around the corner, the Giants will soon have to decide whether or not they want to pursue free agent Plaxico Burress.? A lot of factors will go into this decision, not the least of which is the current wide receiver core.? Let?s take a look:

Duke Calhoun, Michael Clayton, Derek Hagan, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Devin Thomas, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum

Yes, I am aware that Travis Beckum was drafted as a tight end/H-back, but the Giants don?t use the H-back and he can?t cut it as a tight end.? At this point, his best shot to make the team is as a slot receiver.

Tags: Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Duke Calhoun, giants, Hakeem Nicks, jerrel jurnigan, Mario Manningham, michael clayton, NFL, Plaxico Burress, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum, Victor Cruz
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In the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, the New York Giants draft...FUMBLE!

Kordell Stewart...I mean Jerrel Jernigan wider receiver from Troy.?? Really?

The Associated Press announced that the New York Giants have filled their need a wide receiver with standout Jerrel Jernigan.? Need?

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8. Mario Manningham

Jerry Reese has gotten a lot of flack recently, but he deserves credit for plucking Mario Manningham with the 32nd pick in the third round.? Super Mario was a first or second round talent that slipped due to character concerns.? Flash forward three years, and I haven?t read a single article calling out Manningham?s character or work ethic.? What I have seen is marked improvement and a player working hard to transform himself into one of the better young receivers in the game.

After a lost rookie season, Manningham showed he still had the talent that made him a star at Michigan, posting 57 receptions, 822 yards and 5 touchdowns over 14 games.? It was expected that his production would slip in his second season as Hakeem Nicks overtook his playing time, but improved play and injuries at wide receiver led to an increased workload for Manningham.? Although he had some trouble breaking double teams, he proved that he has the talent to be a starting wide receiver.? He would be a starter on more than half of the NFL?s teams, and the top dog on a handful.

Manningham finished the 2010 season with 60 receptions, 944 yards and 9 touchdowns.? He stepped up big after a season-ending injury to Steve Smith, topping 100 yards in each of the team?s last three games.? The Giants are hopeful that their decimated receiving corps will be back to full strength in 2011, but it?s nice to know that Manningham is already at a level where he can start and help the team.? At age 24, he is only going to improve.

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Between the notebook pages, the stats and the film there is a poison that is undetected.? This poison has drained the Giants offense and there winning ways for three years.? That overlooked key element is...Attitude.

This offense has no swagger.

This team should be able to close out games with ease and crush opponents at will.? Why is attitude so important?? Because the New York Giants have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL, but clearly lack the keys to start the engine.

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After an embarrassing two weeks, the New York Giants are very likely only 6 days away from beginning preparations for 2011. With the new year approaching, I thought it would be smart to go through some of the current members of the organization whose futures with the club are either hot button issues or otherwise in doubt. The piece is a long one and it is broken up into three sections: Out/On The Bubble/ In. As always feel free to let GFB know what you think.

OutHC Tom Coughlin: While ragging on Coughlin has been an overused go-to option for writers and pundits league wide lately, the blade is swinging ever closer to his neck after yesterday?s loss. There is an argument for keeping him of course. His tenure thus far in New York has been an upgrade from a bleak stretch of time in the team?s history that spanned from 1992 through 2003. After a rebuilding period in 2004, Coughlin fielded an overall competitive squad from 2005 through 2008 and obviously brought New York an impressive Super Bowl win. But things have not been quite the same for the Giants since jumping out to an 11-1 start in 2008. Following up a Super Bowl run with 3 months of utterly dominant football, the Giants stumbled at home against Philadelphia that season and ultimately lost to the Eagles again in their first appearance of the playoffs. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn into a 3-5 finish and 2010 saw a historical single game collapse, an unspeakable rash of turnovers, and an overall failure to execute on special teams. Coughlin, who is historically quite reliable when it comes to challenges, blew the Giants final challenge of yesterday?s game on an obvious unfavorable ruling and thus was unable to protest against at a late Eli interception on a key drive that was clearly caught out of bounds.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Keith Bulluck, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Dodge, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Take it for what it's worth, but Ralph Vacchiano at the NYDailynews (among others) is reporting that Mario Manningham intends to play. "I'm good. I'll be out there Sunday." says the WR.

The Giants will certainly need him to ease the coverage on Hakeem Nicks.

No word yet on Smith's roster replacement.

Tags: Mario Manningham, New York Giants
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Steve Smith is headed to IR due to the knee injury that he suffered late against the Vikings. DE Alex Hall has already been added to the 53 man roster to take the place of Clint Sintim and obviously another addition is forthcoming.

Mario Manningham on the other hand is perhaps doing better than expected and just may be able to return for this week's crucial matchup. While he will probably be limited in practice this week, he is reportedly far from ruled out of Sunday's contest.

More coming as we get it.

Tags: Clint Sintim, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Steve Smith
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Hixon, Barden, Smith and now Nicks.?? It isn't pretty when it comes to the Giants wide receiving unit.??? The Giants tried out 5 wide receivers with former Eagles slot receiver, Kevin Curtis mostly likely to get a call back.

Kevin Curtis was a third round pick for the St. Louis in 2003 and had his best season when he became a free agent and moved to Philadelphia in 2007.?? Before DeSean Jackson and with the exception of T.O. not many receivers had 1000 yard receiving years; however, Kevin Curtis stepped up in 2007 pulling down 77 receptions for over 1100 yards.

In 2008 & 2009 Curtis was nursing some injuries; however , remained in great game shape.? With the rise of Jackson and Maclin, Kevin Curtis became expendable.?? Curtis is no Steve Smith but he can be a great "after the catch" receiver.

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Eli Manning, Giants-Eagles, Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz
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Another Moss was cut on Tuesday and it wasn't Randy!? Sure I'm late and piling on; however, this story seems to have slipped by just about everyone as justice was finally executed.? Sinorice Moss has been cut!

Did you ever buy something that really never worked that well and you hung on to it for years hoping someday you would find use for it?? Well, that's what the New York Giants did for the last five years with Sinorice Moss.

The Giants hoped he could be the 3rd wide receiver, but that didn't happen.?? The Giants hoped he could stretch the field, but that didn't happen.? The Giants hoped he could return punts and kicks, but that didn't happen.

Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, NFC East, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith
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First half had the rocky start that is becoming the Giants calling card. Of course this unenviable trademark wouldn?t be complete without a botched Matt Dodge punt.

After a stalled opening possession, Dodge once again mishandled a snap. The resulting fumble set up a Nate Burelson TD for the Lions.

Giants offense gets back on track after a frustrating first two possessions. David Diehl is continuing to struggle at LT and Kevin Vanden Bosch was a big part of the early offensive problems for New York.

Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham, Nate Burelson, New York Giants, Steve Smith
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Giants' Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media today and answered a question regarding the development of WR Mario Manningham.....

"I think that it's the natural maturation that comes from just growing up. As you get older, experience more of life and some of the good and some of the bad ? and he's had to deal with it all ? I think there's just naturally that growth and development that takes place, but I would also add that I think that his determination to be a special player has also forced him now to maybe bear down more than he had to in college, just because he was probably physically better than everybody. Here he's still physically very competitive with anybody, but now you have to win with technique and understanding."

"We ask him to do a lot of different things, which we ask of all of our receivers ? I'm not sure that that was always the case when he was in college. The good thing is that he's very positive. He wants to be very good, he wants to be special, so his work ethic is excellent. There's a complete commitment by him to be an elite receiver, which is terrific."

Tags: Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Transcripts
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Kevin Gilbride holds back this offense.?? This offense needs a young innovative mind that can use all the pieces effectively.? Watching the Giants take on the Bears sitting in Section 143 on Sunday night was frustrating.?? On numerous drives the offense sputtered and came up lame, which has me asking...Why?

Why do so many teams with the lesser talent score a ton of points and close out teams when the opportunity presents itself.

The answer:? Kevin "KILL-DRIVE" Gilbride.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Bear Pascoe, Brandon Jacobs, Brian Westbrook, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, David Diehl, dwight freeney, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts, Kevin Boss, Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, Philadelphia Eagles, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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