The Giants and Patriots aren’t necessarily regarded as trash-talking teams, though a war of words between opponents is almost customary in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.

This year is no different, and the opening salvo has been fired, courtesy of Big Blue wideout Mario Manningham.

On Friday, Manningham made it clear to the Boston Herald that he’s looking forward to facing Julian Edelman.

“I hope he’s out there when we play them,” Manningham told the Herald. “I don’t want to sound like that, but you know what I mean. To our advantage, I hope he’s out there.”

Fair enough, that statement was benign and, actually, pretty reasonable.

Divulging further, however, Manningham couldn’t help but to take a pot shot at Edelman, saying he’d be wise to give up his double duty — receiver and cornerback.

“It’s a different stage,” Manningham said. “This ain’t regular season. That ain’t your real position, so we’re going to try to expose you. It’s all or nothing now. That ain’t your position, this is the Super Bowl and we want you to play that position.”

Edelman, in his third season, has been pressed into the old Troy Brown role for New England, moonlighting as a nickel back in the injury-riddled secondary.

The do-it-all 25-year-old really hasn’t done a terrible job in his new task, holding his own against the Ravens’ Anquan Boldin in last Sunday’s AFC Championship win.

Nevertheless, you better believe Eli Manning, just as he did in Super Bowl XLII , will test New England’s secondary. He’ll have plenty of weapons at his disposal, headlined, of course, by emerging superstar Victor Cruz — a nightmare matchup for Edelman and his defensive back mates.

Written by Zack Kelberman via FeedCrossing
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