Manning pleased with receivers; Nicks, Smith sit out

Another day of training camp for the New York Giants, and another update on the progress of the teams’ receiving corps. How the team will replace veterans Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer is the main storyline in Giants camp this year, and if you’re just hearing it for the first time,  you haven’t been paying attention.

Giants QB Eli Manning held court with reporters on a number of topics Monday, and it wasn’t long (like the second question) before he was asked about his receivers. Here’s how he answered who has impressed him:

“A lot of guys are doing well,” Manning said. “I think Ramses [Barden] is doing really well, he’s a big target, he makes the plays, he seems like he has a pretty good feel for what is going on. Sinorice [Moss] is doing well and making some big plays, [Mario] Manningham is getting down the field and doing some good stuff so guys are doing well. It’s just about continuing to get reps and get better.”

Rookie first-round pick Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) and Steve Smith (knee) did not practice during Monday’s morning session. Another receiver battling for a roster spot — David Tyree, who also happens to be one of the featured players in NFL.com’s “On The Fringe” series — had a frustrating day.

For the record, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is on the record as saying he’s confident in the current group of receivers. NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan, after a recent visit to Giants camp, also walked away confident the Giants will be fine replacing Burress and Toomer. Kirwan was surprised by rookie Ramses Barden, and knows for a fact that Manning really likes second-year pro Mario Manningham.

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