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Rookie WRs and their difficult adjustment

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The National Football Post ran a story Monday discussing the reasons why rookie wide receivers struggle to adjust to the NFL. Quite obviously that is a topic that should be of tremendous interest to New York Giants' fans.

Here are Matt Bowen's five reasons for the difficult adjustment.

  1. Press Coverage
  2. Reading Coverages
  3. Size and speed
  4. Playbooks
  5. Physical demands

Not surprisingly, Bowen lists Mario Manningham of the Giants as one of the second-year wide receivers who needs to take a big step forward in 2009. Here is what Bowen had to say about Manningham.

Manningham might need to show something in camp just to make the Giants’ roster because he didn’t do enough to prove otherwise in ’08. The Giants need someone to step up and give QB Eli Manning a target, so the time is now for the former Michigan star.

Bowen is right. The Giants still have high hopes for last season's third-round selection. The competition for wide receiver jobs will, however, be fierce.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
4 4 26 6.5 6.5 11 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Here are a couple of other notes of interest.