Manningham Ready to Prove His Worth


Jul 20, 2009

When wide receiver Mario Manningham slipped to the Giants with the last pick in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft, many considered it a steal. But after a miserable rookie season, the former Michigan Wolverine has to show he belongs on an elite, contending Giants squad.

"I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder," Manningham told the Ohio Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio), his hometown paper. "I have a lot to prove. I want to show what I can do. You know how people can talk. They say, 'Is he this or is he that?' I know what I can do, and my team knows what I can do. Now it's time for me to go out and play and show the world what I can do."

Manningham hauled in just four receptions for a mere 26 yards in seven games last season. But he sees 2008 as a learning experience and says he’s now ready to earn playing time on a roster that boasts veterans like Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith and Sinorice Moss.

"People forgot that I had another year [of college eligibility]," Manningham told the Chronicle. "I'm thankful that I had a chance to sit back and watch how they read defenses from the sideline. How they read the corner and his stance and everything. Those are old-school tips from the vets."

Now it's time for Super Mario to prove the critics wrong.

"The criticism from last year, I actually kind of liked it," he said. "I like when people doubt me and say this and that because I know what I can do. I hate when people say they know what they're talking about when they really don't know too much."

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