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New York Giants Wide Receiver Battle: Who Will Emerge as the Third Option?

Even with Jon Gruden's nickname of "JetBlue" being arguably the most unoriginal and sad nickname in years, the New York Giants' receiving corps had it all going early in 2010.  

Then, it all fell apart. 

After week nine, Hakeem Nicks was leading the team with nine touchdowns. Eight games and one bout with Compartment Syndrome later, he finished the season with just 11. 

At that same point, Steve Smith had 517 yards. He finished the season on injured reserve with just 529. 

Mario Manningham, the man who came into the season with No. 3 expectations, surprised everyone by posting nine TDs and 944 yards. He also ended the season with three 100-plus yard games when he played as a No. 1 option. 

Michael Clayton and Derek Hagan—neither of whom were on the roster to start the season—both saw significant time down the stretch as the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight year. 

With the departure of the injured Steve Smith to the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles, every receiver is going to move up a spot. The question now becomes, who will be the Manningham of this year?

There are certainly a few good options, let's look through them. 

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