Clayton, Manning reunite as Giants

Associated Press
Friday, November 26, 2010

Michael Clayton may not need a lot of time to get on the same page with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

While they have never played on the same team, Clayton and Manning were roommates for three months at a camp in Florida prior to the NFL Combine in 2004.

"I was his receiver down there," Clayton recalled, saying he used to wake Manning up in the morning and drive him to their workouts.

"God works in mysterious ways," Clayton added. "To have an opportunity to be able to catch the ball from him on this level is a dream I have been waiting for, to get a qualified quarterback and to get an opportunity. Last year, everyone caught balls here, no matter who you are."

The Giants (6-4) are in desperate need of anyone to step up at receiver this week against Jacksonville (6-4). A rash of injuries the past two weeks has sidelined Steve Smith, Ramses Barden and leading receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Clayton was signed on Tuesday, and former Redskins receiver Devin Thomas was awarded on waivers from Carolina on Wednesday.

l PANTHERS: Just as Jake Delhomme moved into position to possibly start against Carolina, his former team's uncertain quarterback situation took a new turn.

There was some good news, some bad and the frightening prospect that behind rookie Jimmy Clausen could be a practice-squad QB signed this week.

Clausen practiced a day after being cleared following a concussion that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to Baltimore. But Clausen was whisked into a meeting with doctors after the workout and must still make steady cognitive progress before getting the final clearance to play Sunday at Cleveland.

"I'm still going through evaluations," Clausen said. "I felt pretty good but there are still things that we need to do here for me to get cleared before I can play."

If the doctors sign off, he'll regain command of the NFL's worst offense.

"I think it would be safe to assume," Coach John Fox said when asked if Clausen would start if healthy.

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