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Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agent Analysis: New York Giants Wide Receiver Mario Manningham

March 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 PM
By Michael Hall

New York Giants Wide Receiver Mario Manningham is somewhat of a hot commodity among the free agents due to his two big catches in the Super Bowl last month. While gettiing him may be tempting, he is not as great of a prospect as he seems. Although he is likely to hit the free agent market, he also seems to be quite likely to follow his former coach to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

+ He turns 26 in May

He is young enough to warrant a longer contract.

+ He has a knack for making big catches

He seems to be somewhat known for making big catches at critical times for the Giants. 29 of his 39 regular season catches went for either first downs or touchdowns. This was displayed most famously during the Super Bowl last month. He basically took advantage of the tight coverage on Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to slip past the initial defenders and find a hole in coverage. He was basically the Giants' version of Mike Thomas, which brings me to the next next  argument.

- Do the Jaguars really need another Mike Thomas?

Why pay a bunch of money for somebody that the Jaguars already basically have on their roster?

- One Shining Moment 

Since it's almost time for March Madness to begin, I feel that the description is even more fitting. The guy was virtually invisible during the season . He was overshadowed by the emergenge of Victor Cruz, who had a grand total 0 catches in the previous year. And yet after one big game, he has become a household name.  Here's a quick history listen lesson, folks. Do you remember David Tyree? The hero of the 2007 Super Bowl that made an incredible catch to preserve the Giants' game winning drive. He only played two seasons afterwards, retiring after the 2009 season.

Tags: Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Mario Manningham, Mike Thomas, New York Giants, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Victor Cruz

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