Mario Manningham will not be a member of the New York Giants in 2012. That fact is inevitable, but his departure presents a legitimate concern for the defending Super Bowl champions.
While Manningham’s 2011 campaign was unimpressive during the regular season and marred by injuries, there is no ignoring his contributions to the Giants passing game over the last three seasons. Mannigham, even as the No. 3 wide receiver, is an integral piece of the Giants offense, and his performance will need to be reproduced by another player in order for New York to be successful again in 2012.
Luckily, the Giants do have depth at the wide receiver position with some talented players already on their roster. Though these players have yet to prove much for the Giants, they could be an important piece in a successful title defense.
Or, the Giants could seek to discover Manningham’s replacement in free agency or during the 2012 NFL draft. Valuable talents comprise both the free-agent market and this year’s draft class; a candidate could possibly be found within each.
All that matters, however, is that the Giants find a way to reproduce the production they will be losing. There are a handful of players who could have the chance to be just that, so let’s take a look at them.