Sinorice Moss is one of those little, bitty guys you just hate to see on the field. Why? Because he's faster than cable hookup, because he's one of "those" University of Miami products and, most especially, because he can beat you with one play.
"We wanted a very fast third wide receiver," said Giants' general manager Ernie Accorsi shortly after the draft was finished. "Sinorice was the first wide receiver on our list, and it began to look like it would be now or never when we made our move in the second round."
What the Giants did was move up to the 14th spot in the second round -- via a trade with the Baltimore Ravens -- to snare the 5-8, 185-pound younger brother of the Redskins' Santana Moss. Santonio Holmes of Ohio State was first on most teams' position charts, but not so with the Giants.
"He's tough and he's smart and he is just so fast," said Accorsi, referencing Moss' 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash. "We needed to get a guy like him and we did. It was a very important draft pick for this franchise."
Two weeks after the draft, the Giants held a rookie minicamp, during which they signed 19 undrafted free agents and brought their draft picks in for their first indoctrination.
Moss stole the show.
In a drill designed for the wide receivers, he was sent downfield 15 to 20 yards and then told to put on the brakes, make a few cuts and feints and proceed. He corkscrewed one defender into the ground, made a few others look especially silly and, in all, managed to separate on almost every play.
Moss is going to be the slot receiver in a three-wideout set, seemingly already vaulting ahead of Tim Carter and Jamaar Taylor. "I don't mind running the middle," he said. "In fact, I kind of like it. I can draw coverage away from the underneath area and if they aren't careful I'm going to be clear way downfield."
Clearing out the area is going to make tight end Jeremy Shockey grin more than he usually does, and with Eli Manning beginning to flex his "long arm" capabilities, the combination of Moss and Manning might become electric.
With receivers such as Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, along with Shockey and running back Tiki Barber, the Giants' offense might be more pass-driven than it has been in recent years. Adding Moss to the mix might make it downright flammable.
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