Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News had a great interview with ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr yesterday. The subject was, of course, Giants' third-round pick Mario Manningham, who played for Carr.
Here's a snippet.
DN: We know what the media reports have said about Mario Manningham, but you knew him well. What kind of a kid is he?
Carr: I think Mario is a young guy with enormous ability. I think he probably went to, like a lot of guys who come out early, he went to the combine without much preparation because he had a problem with his agent. So I think part of it is that he had some things that didn’t go well for him at the combine. He didn’t run very well. I look at Mario as a guy with enormous talent. He’s made some mistakes, and yet I think he’s with an organization that will give him good support. I think the biggest thing is, I’m sure and I’m confident that he’s learned some things in this process. He’s a young guy.
Q: But is he a good kid from what you know?
Carr: Well, I think Mario is a good person and he’s made some choices that he has apologized for. I believe him. I’m confident that he’s going to have a very good career.
If you haven't read it already, go and do that. It's very enlightening.
Of course, the guy whose job is most likely in jeopardy from Manning, and possibly undrafted Alabama free agent D.J. Hall, is Sinorice Moss. Moss, who had 21 catches last season and 26 in his two seasons, doesn't appear to be worrying about it.
“I need to wake some people up,” the 24-year-old said. “That’s what I really need to do. I’ve been on the shelf. So I’m ready to come out here and shock the world. That’s what I plan to do.”
“I know what I can do and I know what I bring to this team, so there’s no pressure on me at all,” Moss said. “I’m just looking forward to coming out here, getting the opportunity to make some plays and come out here and shock the world. That’s my thing.”
You have love Moss's attitude. Yet, provided everyone is healthy and Manningham's head is screwed on straight, it might be touch for Sinorice to make this team.
The Super Bowl champion Giants visit the White House today. We'll try to have some pics and tidbits from that later on.