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New York Giants News And Notes: Jerrel Jernigan, Aaron Ross And More

Jerrel Jernigan will compete to replace Mario Manningham in 2012  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jerrel Jernigan will compete to replace Mario Manningham in 2012 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Tuesday morning news and notes.

Jernigan Excited For Opportunity
Whos going to replace Mario Manningham in the Giants wide receiver corps? Jerrel Jernigan had his hand up before the question was even asked.

The 2011 draft pick said he is going into his second NFL season as if the job of being the teams No. 3 receiver is his. He knows there is still a lot of time until that title is officially passed to him, but for now, hes claiming it at least in his own mind.

Thats how Im going into OTAs and the whole offseason approach, like Im the number 3 receiver, he told Newsday. But we have other guys coming back. We have Domenik Hixon coming back and we also have Ramses Barden there. Coach will do the evaluation in the offseason and during camp and stuff so well see. But Im approaching it like Im the third receiver. "Im excited for the opportunity, he said. Me and Mario were good friends when he was here, he taught me a lot of things, but its pretty much a business now and Im thankful for the opportunity to go out there and show everybody what I can do. Im thankful that Coach Coughlin and Jerry Reese are giving me an opportunity to step up to the plate and be the next man."

Former Giants cornerback Aaron Ross agrees to terms with Jacksonville Jaguars |
Three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million.

@Manningham49ers thanks N.Y. Giants fans
On Monday, Manningham, who spent his first four seasons with the Giants after being a third-round draft pick in 2008, expressed his gratitude to New York fans:

"I just want to thank ALL of @Giants Nation from my teammates I have played with to all my coaches throughout my years in NY... most importantly I want to thank all of the fans for being behind me and supporting me since draft day. I might be moving on to a different team but will never forget where I started in this league. Being a part of and helping bring another Super Bowl Championship to this great organization and city is something that will last with me forever. So once again THANK YOU!!"

New York Giants to return to University at Albany for training camp -
Just as co-owner John Mara promised, the Giants will again make the University at Albany their training camp home this summer. Preparations are already underway at the school.