Wright Given 10-day Tryout

Manuel Wright knows he's running out of time. He knows this could possibly be his third and final chance to make something of himself in the National Football League. And he knows he doesn't have much time to do it.

"I don't feel like this is my last chance but I feel like it's getting towards that," the massive DT said. "It's either now or never. I have to keep doing what I am doing."

"He's got a 10-day test period," Giants GM Jerry Reese said. "He's a talented kid. He knows his chances are running out. He wants to prove people wrong and we're giving him 10 days to do that."

Wright was signed to help bolster the middle of the defense – and to push the starting tandem of Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield.

"Competition's good for everybody," middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "It brings out the best."

Wright played in three games for the Miami Dolphins in 2005, when he had four tackles and a sack. He was chosen by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2005 supplemental draft out of USC. Miami waived him on May 1 of this year and he was awarded to Buffalo the following day. The Bills basically told Wright that he was "too big" and waived him on May 9.

That release hit Wright hard – so he hit back.

"Yeah, I mean you can only rely on your talent so much," he said. "Either it's going to happen now or I am going to lose my opportunity. I took that all into my head and went back home and started working really hard, working out twice a day and extra cardio at night. So I took that into my own hands and did it that way."

The year away from football also spurred Wright back onto the comeback trail.

"I am really motivated," he stated. "That is why I was getting up early in the morning working out extra. I mean, I am motivated. I see a lot of guys on the TV and I am like ‘okay, I am better than him.' It got my motor running."

One of the biggest issues weighing Wright down has been his weight. He said he was as heavy as 365 pounds in Buffalo and is now around 340. His ideal playing weight is in the 330-335 range.

"This is the best (shape) I have been in a long time," he said. "I feel really good, I feel really confident. They are going to have me doing a little extra conditioning but I feel good about it."

"He's not in great shape, but you can see the athletic flashes," Reese added.

Of course, Wright can't go anywhere without the ‘there's no crying in football' references. He said he can handle the constant reminders of when he broke down in tears following a tongue-lashing from former Miami coach Nick Saban.

"Everybody has their opinion of me and I am just going to prove a lot of people wrong by playing really well and contributing to this team," Wright said.

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