jranieli Posted July 25, 2006 Share Posted July 25, 2006 http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football...7p-368871c.html Sinorice ready for big time BY RALPH VACCHIANO DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER Sinorice Moss' size wasn't a problem at the University of Miami, and his ability was big enough to get him picked by the Giants in the second round of the NFL draft. But he still believes most people look at him and don't see a big-time player. He's convinced the world still sees his 5-8 frame and assumes he's just too small. "I still think there are people who look at my size and say 'No, he can't play football,' or 'He can't play on the professional level,'" the Giants' rookie receiver said while in Manhattan last week. "I've had a lot of doubters since I've been a little boy. So it's just important for me to keep working hard so I can show the world I can play football on this level." Moss' chance to make his big mark will begin Friday morning when the Giants hold their first practice of training camp at the University at Albany. Camp officially opens with a picnic tomorrow, and if Moss is signed, he'll report on Thursday with the rest of his new team. He's already generated plenty of pre-camp buzz, thanks to an impressive performance at the team's minicamp in June. His speed and elusiveness could bring another element to the Giants' already dangerous offense. And considering Eli Manning's other targets - tight end Jeremy Shockey and receivers Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Tim Carter - are all 6-feet or taller, Moss' diminutive stature could bring a whole other dimension, too. After all, 5-9 Steve Smith had 103 catches for 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns in Carolina last season. Sinorice's 5-10 brother, Santana, made 84 catches for 1,483 yards and nine scores for the Redskins. "You tend to like those expectations," Moss admitted. "But hey, there's going to be buzz no matter what. It might be good buzz, it might be bad buzz. It's just important for me to fight through it, let it go in one ear and out the other and continue to keep working. That's the main thing." Of course, even Moss knows there's little chance that he'll come close to duplicating the numbers of his brother or Smith in his rookie year. Burress (76-1,214-7), Shockey (65-891-7), Toomer (60-684-7) and even Tiki Barber (54-530-2) are ahead of him in Manning's pecking order. And he still has to beat out Carter (10-186) for the No. 3 receiver job. It's possible Moss' biggest contribution this season will come on special teams, if he challenges Chad Morton for kick-returning duties. His speed and explosiveness makes him a natural for the job, even though he rarely lined up deep at Miami, where he had one punt return for 19 yards and six kickoff returns for 107 yards in four years. Still, Moss - who caught 57 passes for 965 yards and nine touchdowns in his last two seasons at Miami - has been the second-most talked-about Giant this offseason, behind new linebacker LaVar Arrington. And he's the odds-on favorite to be the young player everyone watches throughout the next month at Albany - or, as veteran Giants center Shaun O'Hara calls it, the annual "training camp god." Moss, of course, wants to be more than just a training camp sensation. "I want to come in and show these guys and my teammates that they drafted me for a good reason," he said. "I want to go out there and make plays and do the best I can to show the world that hey, I can play football. If I can do that, I can go out there and have a great year and many great years to come." Originally published on July 25, 2006 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now