Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Manningham challenging Smith in Giants camp

The disgruntled Plaxico Burress may have opted to skip camp, but the Giants still have a host of receivers that will be vying for playing time. In 2007, former Trojan Steve Smith emerged as a trusted performer in the offense, especially in red zone areas. But unlike last season, smith now faces a legitimate challenger for time on the field.

Rookie Mario Manningham is making a push for the Giants rotation, and I’m already expecting to see field time for the former Wolverine. More time for Super Mario won’t likely force Smith out, but it does provide that element of competition that all players need, regardless of position. The odd man out would most likely be Sinorice Moss, who dropped 3 passes at Wednesday’s camp, and hasn’t provided any flashes of brilliance.

Also, according to the Newark Star-Ledger, they like what they’re seeing in rookie cornerback Terrell Thomas. The paper is quoted as saying “Thomas hasn’t been perfect, but the rookie second round pick is, more often than not, close to his receiver.” They also pointed out that Thomas was stride-for-stride with Manningham on a deep route. That should only surprise you, if you didn’t see the 2007 Rose Bowl game.

Trojans Across The NFL:

Both the 49ers and Eagles may be moving former Trojan offensive linemen, Chilo Rachal and Winston Justice out of position.

In Denver, Coach Mike Shanahan says Keary Colbert possesses Rod Smith potential.

Willie McGinest is skipping Browns OTA’s, stating personal reasons.

Troy Polamalu continues to work out privately in Southern California, instead of attending Steelers camp.

In Cincinnati, Carson Palmer looks to develop young receivers, and hopes Chad Johnson won’t be a distraction.

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