Is "Speed Guy" Sinorice Moss Ready to Propel the Giants this Season?

Sean CouchContributor IAugust 13, 2009

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 15:  Wide receiver Sinorice Moss #83 of the New York Giants looks for room to run while taking on the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 15, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Giants defeated the Falcons 31-10 for their fourth straight win after opening the season 0-2.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Speed Guy.

That's the phrase that WR Steve Smith and CB Corey Webster used in the New York Daily News about Sinorice Moss, a 5' 8" former second-rounder that had all the intangibles of legendary Giant game breaker, Dave Meggett, when drafted four years ago by the Giants.

Fans dreamed about Moss making shifty moves on punt returns, catching short screens and turning them into long gains—being the vertical threat that causes defenses to shift their entire focus to his side of the field.

But, the comment by his Giants teammates is a tell-tale sign of what players and coaches might feel about Moss—that he could be just that, all speed, no production.

Moss is in the last year of his contract and he knows that the receiver position is in full "survival of the fittest mode," with Super Bowl hero and special teams Pro Bowler David Tyree in danger of not making the final roster.  

According to various camp reports, third-round pick Ramses Barden is dominating the camp along with last year's special teams free-agent find Derrick Hagan. First-round pick Hakeem Nicks has been sitting out with a hamstring injury continuing a bad trend of rookie receivers sitting out much of their first-year training camps.

That leaves Moss, who currently is the third receiver on the depth chart, in a position where he has to be ready to display the versatility and reliability expected from a player with his skill set or face being replaced.

He should draw his inspiration from the Giants' all-time leading receiver Amani Toomer. Toomer struggled his first three years with injuries but showed game-breaking ability as a punt returner.

In his fourth year he led the team with 79 catches and, along with Ike Hillard, combined for over 2,100 receiving yards.

Many feel Moss is ready for this type of performance. He had a great spring camp and so far, he has caught everything thrown to him at veterans camp.

Moss' breakthrough will come when he starts making that first tackler miss and creates the breakdown moves that his older brother, Santana Moss, has mastered for the Redskins.

GM Jerry Reese is a believer. He made an interesting comment in one interview saying that, "last year, the ball was thrown 12 times to [Moss] and he caught the ball all 12."

If that's the case then look for Coach Coughlin to tell Eli to get the ball to Moss, who possesses 4.3 speed in the open field. When he gets that first player to miss, the NFC East and the rest of the NFL better watch out.