The Moss Is Growing in East Rutherford

Louis GiangarraCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 07: Sinorice Moss #83 of the New York Giants returns a kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 7, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Keeping in mind that training camp is still over a month away, there has been some grumblings around Giants mini-camp about a certain diminutive wide receiver playing much bigger than his size.

Sinorice Moss has been catching everything in sight and doing it while beating a group of very solid corners. To this point, he's been on a mission to prove that he's not the bust many fans and media folks have labeled him as.

"It’s very exciting," Moss said. "I had some minor setbacks my first year. I got injured. Things happen. I still had a positive attitude, and still to this day have a positive attitude every time I step in this locker room, to go out there and show these coaches why I’m here on this team."

He's on this team because of his blazing speed and ability break one every time he touches the ball. The problem with Moss has never been his talent as much as his ability to actually see the field.

Starting with his rookie season, Moss has suffered a series of injuries which have kept him off the practice field. This has led to questions about both his durability and his toughness. It's one thing to get hurt, but its entirely another to get hurt and never recover.

“I feel like I can do so many things with the ball in my hands,” Moss said. “It’s just about me getting the opportunity to show that."

Moss was never at the top of the depth chart. But the only way to climb to that status is to impress at practice and translate that success on Sunday. For the first time in his career, Moss seems determined to do just that.

This seemingly sudden change in attitude for Moss could be due to the fact that his roster spot is anything but guaranteed this year, or also because his contract runs out at the end of it. Either way, Moss has every incentive in the world to prove he can play at this level. 

The time is now for Moss. 

Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer are gone, so playing time is truly up for grabs to whoever wants it most. If these first couple mini-camps are any indication, it looks like Moss might be that guy.