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Manning and Clayton Reconnect, Again.

While they have not yet played a snap together on the football field, WR Michael Clayton and QB Eli Manning go way back. Both were roommates together for three three months at a camp in Florida prior to the NFL combine in 2004. Manning and Clayton were even roommates together at one point. The Giants’ are going to have to hope the strong bond they both share can help expedite Clayton’s learning process and he can be ready to go Sunday against Jacksonville. With WR’s Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden (IR), Sinorice Moss (cut) and Victor Cruz (IR) all out with injures, the Giants’ will be relaying on Clayton to likely be their third receiver this week. With just two days of practice under his belt, the Giants’ can’t expect Clayton to know everything in their system.

Manning on getting to work with (Michael) Clayton, Today (really yesterday): It was good. We got some good work. I’ve known Michael for a long time. We worked out before the combine seven years ago – we were down in Florida for about three months and he was my roommate and he was a guy I was throwing to a bunch then, so it’s good to reconnect and I know he’s excited about being here and seeing how he can help us out. He’s obviously a veteran guy who has played in a lot of football games and he should be able to pick it up quickly and get some playing time.

Manning will also have another high draft pick who never quite lived up to his hype, they were awarded WR Devin Thomas off of waivers from Carolina. The former Michigan State standout, and second round draft pick of the Washington Redskins’ may also see some time on the field come Sunday. Thomas is also another interesting option to take kick backs. Thomas averages about 24 yards per return. With current return man Will Blackmon on the injury report all this week with a chest injury, Thomas could very well help in the return game this week if Blackmon can’t go. GiantsGab favorite Darius Reynaud could also figure to play a role in the return game if he’s active and Blackmon can’t go.

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2 Responses to “Manning and Clayton Reconnect, Again.”

  1. BlueManFla says:

    Thomas won’t help in the return game. After watching Reynard for way too long and then witnessing Blackmon’s performance, I am convinced that we could put Devin Hester back there and the resuls would be the same. No lanes to run through. Just awful coaching and plan is what it is. I am not espousing firing Quinn, especailly around the holidays and the way the the economy is, but we need to move him someplace else in the organization, cause he isn’t getting it done as special teams coach.

    • Jason C. says:

      Hey, it’s a business, if his work performance is of extremely low quality, then he gets fired, this is how it works, to not have fired this guy by now is beyond me, the second biggest mystery on this team outside of sticking with Matt Dodge.

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