New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham can’t wait for Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots next Sunday in Indianapolis. Manningham is obviously confident that his Giants can once again knock off the favored Patriots, but he says he is really looking forward to playing against one player, in particular.
Manningham says he would love to line up against Julian Edelman, who, though naturally a wide receiver or kick returner, has seen a decent amount of time in the defensive backfield for New England this season due to injuries and inefficient and inconsistent play.
With the Giants possessing one of the most explosive trio of wideouts in the game today, the Patriots expect to have a difficult time keeping Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz all in check. Especially considering that their pass defense was one of the worst in the NFL over the past season. Stopping Eli Manning from connecting on big plays does not expect to be an easy task for New England.
Manningham says that he hopes that Edelman will be on the field to see just how good the Giants’ offense can be when they are connecting on all cylinders.
The Giants’ No. 3 wide receiver told the Boston Herald that “I hope he’s out there when we play them. I don’t want to sound like that, but you know what I mean. To our advantage, I hope he’s out there.”
What would a Super Bowl be without locker room bulletin board material, after all?
“It’s a different stage,” Manningham went on to say. “This ain’t regular season. That 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.”
in case you missed it, I would like to reiterate that defensive back is not Edelman’s natural position.
Just in case you missed that point.
Granted, he may have a point. Edelman spent much of last Sunday covering Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, who finished the AFC Championship Game with 6 catches for 101 yards, including 4 catches for 59 yards on the Ravens’ final drive, leading up to the missed Bill Cundiff field goal that sealed the win for New England.
I guess this is why we need two weeks in between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.
More time to talk.