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WR Barden looks to capitalize on health

One of the receivers competing for a job is fourth-year pro Ramses Barden. In his first three seasons, Barden played in only 17 games and caught 15 passes. The Giants have several talented receivers in camp. But Barden doesn't believe this is a make-or-break camp for him.

"I don't think about it like that," he said. "We have a lot of talent in that room and we have a lot of competitiveness. Those are the things I'm focusing on, like finding ways to beat the person across from me. I feel like the rest will take care of itself. I'm excited to seize all the opportunities that I think can come my way. I want to compete and enjoy the game at the same time, that's my goal for this year."

One advantage Barden now possesses is good health. In 2010, he fractured his ankle, an injury that forced him to miss the last seven games, spend last year's training camp on the physically unable to perform list and sit out the first seven weeks of the 2011 season.

"It was nice to have a full offseason; I didn't have that last year," Barden said. "I wouldn't say it gave me a leg up but it at least gave me a more even playing field that I didn't have in the previous season."

Barden realizes he must capitalize on his good health.

"Anytime you're on the field you want to take utmost advantage of what you have," he said. "If you get an opportunity you play with maximum effort, because that opportunity might not come again."


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