Giants receiver Mario Manningham fired the first real Super Bowl salvo on Friday in speaking about Patriots receiver-turned-cornerback Julian Edelman. In speaking to the Boston Herald, Manningham said that he and the Giants are looking to exploit the inexperienced Edeleman during the Super Bowl next weekend.
"I hope he's out there when we play them," Manningham told the paper. "I don't want to sound like that, but you know what I mean. To our advantage, I hope he's out there."
Of course, in saying what he said, Manningham did "sound like that," if you know what I mean.
He didn't end there, though.
"It's a different stage," he continued. "This ain't regular season. This ain't your real position, so we're going to try to expose you. It's all or nothing now. That ain't your position, this is the Super Bowl and we want you to play that position."
Manningham, who has become something of a third option for Eli Manning with the play of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, did have some success against the Patriots in Week 9. With Nicks out of the lineup, Manningham caught only three passes for 33 yards, but one of them was a touchdown. He has turned it on as of late, though, with eight catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs.