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Manning making due with Giants’ depleted receiving corps

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By Michael Blunda

In a matter of a couple weeks, the Giants went from having one of strongest receiving corps to one of the thinnest. That's not what Eli Manning owners wanted to hear.

With WRs Hakeem Nicks (leg) and Steve Smith (pectoral) both going down recently, Manning was forced to play Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a bunch of targets most people hadn't heard of. He found a way to be productive, though, throwing for 226 yards, two TDs and no picks. But owners have to remember that this came against one of the league's worst secondaries; things will get much more difficult when he has to face a group of DBs who will lock down this ragtag bunch of receivers.

On the positive side, the QB does have a proven wideout in Mario Manningham, who came up with three catches for 61 yards and a TD Sunday. He also made good use of TE Kevin Boss, who was targeted eight times and finished with 3-74-1. Those two should have good value until the big guns return.

Speaking of which, Smith said he is shooting for a Week 14 return. Meanwhile, Nicks is expected back in Week 15. It's far from an ideal situation, but as long as the New York passing game can hold water this coming Sunday against the Redskins, which it should be able to, reinforcements will be on the way soon. Owners of Manning can breathe a little easier.

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