Fill Plax's shoes? No sweat for Smith

The anti-diva, New York's Steve Smith quietly solves his team's No. 1 receiving issue

Originally Published: October 14, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Back when the New York Giants lost Plaxico Burress (to not-so-free agency) and parted with Amani Toomer, the franchise's all-time leading receiver, the skeptics were concerned. OK, hysteria is not too strong a word. Who, they worried, would step up at wide receiver?

It seemed to be the one thing preventing the Giants from being a Super Bowl contender. Was there a legitimate No. 1 among the candidates? Steve Smith? Mario Manningham? Domenik Hixon? First-round draft choice Hakeem ...

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