Mario Manningham didn't want to sound disrespectful. But it sure sounds like he doesn't have much respect for Patriots receiver/corner Julian Edelman.
“I hope he’s out there when we play them,” Manningham said, according to the Boston Herald. “I don’t want to sound like that, but you know what I mean. To our advantage, I hope he’s out there.”
Edelman, a wide receiver, was forced into the New England secondary midway through the season due to injuries.
He played nickel back for the Patriots. Apparently, Manningham doesn't think Edelman can handle playing the position next Sunday in Indianapolis.
“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.”
Four years ago, Manningham watched from his mom's house as Eli Manning and the Giants shocked the Patriots -- and the world -- in Super Bowl XLII.
He hung out with his mom, some family members and a few friends in Warren, Ohio.
"It was crazy," he said. "I never thought I'd be on the team the next year and four years later we're going back to the Super Bowl."
Manningham, who will have his immediate family, including his girlfriend and son, at the game in Indy, made just one catch last Sunday in San Francisco, but it was a huge one.
The former Michigan standout hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 8:34 to play to put the Giants up, 17-14.
It's fair to expect more than one catch from Manningham against the Patriots, who feature one of the worst secondary's in the NFL.
"I can't wait," he said.
But will he be nervous?
"No, there's just more people watching," he said.
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"It really doesn't serve a purpose at this point," the veteran tackle said. "Maybe a couple years down the road when I'm done playing I'll want to to look back and see what happened. But right now, I'm too busy trying to go ahead and try to get another one. I don't want to focus on the past."