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Manningham emerges as threat for Giants

In early 2008, former Michigan receiver Mario Manningham was regarded as a possible first-round draft pick.

But then came a report of two failed marijuana tests in college, a denial by Manningham, and later a written admission sent to all 32 teams.

And then came a score of six on the 50-question Wonderlic test.

Concerns regarding his intelligence were compounded by his visits to some teams.  In one NFL city, coaches were alarmed by Manningham’s inability to comprehend the basic system of assigning pass routes to receivers with three single-digit numbers applying to the X, Y, and Z receivers.

As a result, Manningham plunged to the third round.

During his rookie year with the Giants, he caught four total passes for 26 yards and no touchdowns.

On Sunday night in Dallas, Manningham caught 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Coupled with 10 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown from teammate Steve Smith, the Giants’ passing game is suddenly in very good shape, one day before Plaxico Burress commences his two-year prison term.

Things will get interesting once Domenik Hixon returns from a sprained knee suffered last week and Hakeem Nicks comes back from a sprained foot suffered last week.  But Manningham — and Smith — seized the spotlight during one of the biggest early-season games that the NFL has seen in years, and in all fairness they deserve to get more chances to show what they can do.

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7 Responses to “Manningham emerges as threat for Giants”
  1. Outsyder says: Sep 21, 2009 7:37 AM

    Or Dallas’ secondary is just that bad. Like it has been for the last couple of years.

  2. Bigbluefan says: Sep 21, 2009 7:38 AM

    Ok so he smoked pot and is dumb as a brick
    Sounds like he is like most of the players in the NFL

  3. Thor says: Sep 21, 2009 7:57 AM

    Well, you know the Wonderlic is culturally biased….

  4. Krow says: Sep 21, 2009 8:29 AM

    Mario did not have an agent when he prep’d for the Combine. He was on his own… no tutors… no speed camp… nothing.

  5. east96st says: Sep 21, 2009 9:54 AM

    At least he can read a defense. Wonder what Roy Williams wonderlic score was? If Manningham continues to play well, Hixon will go back to special teams where he excelled and Nicks will be given more time to develop. Based on the fact that Dallas is currently ranked 30th in total defense, I’m not sure we count last night’s results as being typical. May just be that Dallas’ D is awful.

  6. jkorn1818 says: Sep 21, 2009 10:19 AM

    I don’t care how dumb he is, the kid is a player.

  7. MasterShake says: Sep 21, 2009 5:01 PM

    If you take my wonderlic score (6) and multiply it by the numba of times I be busted for cronic (2) you get 11. Now divide by the times Plax shot himself in the leg (1) and the peeps shot by Marvin (2, or multiple times) you get,,,,,,,where’s that blunt at anyway?

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