GIANTS' JERREL JERNIGAN EXCITED FOR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE HIMSELF
"Wide receiver Mario
Manningham has yet to officially sign his new contract with the San
Francisco 49ers, but that hiccup aside, it remains highly unlikely that he
returns to the New York
Giants. Instead, Big Blue appears poised to head into the 2012-2013 season
Barden and Jerrel
Jernigan battling for the #3 spot.
Giants wide receiver Mario
Manningham catches a pass as he is pushed out of bounds by New England
Patriots free safety Sterling Moore, left and free safety Patrick Chung in the
closing seconds of Super Bowl XLVI February 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (UPI
A healthy Hixon would seemingly lead the charge and be the man to beat in
such a scenario, but going into his second season with the team, Jernigan
actually feels like he's the man whose job it is to lose.
"It’s pretty much a business now and I’m thankful for the opportunity to go
out there and show everybody what I can do. I’m thankful that Coach Coughlin and
Jerry Reese are giving me an opportunity to step up to the plate and be the next
man," Jernigan said. "Coach will do the evaluation in the offseason
and during camp and stuff so we’ll see … but I’m approaching it like I’m the
In his first year with the team, Jernigan hauled in a grant total of 0
catches for 0 yards. However, if you're looking for a silver lining there, it's
the same stat-line produced by Victor
Cruz in his first season with the team. Then again, Cruz finished his first
season playing five fewer games and eventually ended up on Injured Reserve
If Jernigan is serious about this opportunity, and it'd be foolish to believe
he wasn't, the first thing he'll have to do is prepare and produce well enough
to shed the nickname given to him by head coach Tom Cough: One Play JJ.
Is this another incredible success story waiting to happen? Time will tell,
but you've got to love his confidence."