Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 8/24/12
Jim Mancari
BGB Assistant Editor

I remember being ecstatic when the Giants selected Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Barden, but when I saw he was listed at six-feet, six inches tall, I knew the Giants had found a diamond in the rough.
Did the Giants have the next Plaxico Burress on their hands (only without the part about shooting himself in the leg)?
It’s very rare that a rookie wide receiver immediately picks up the system and starts right away. So there wasn’t much concern when he only appeared in three game his first year.
But then an ankle injury sidelined him for the second half of 2010. By the time he was healthy enough to return the following season, Victor Cruz had emerged as the team’s third receiver.
Barden came in here with a ton of potential, but the 26-year-old has been basically a non-factor. He caught nine passes last season for 94 yards, and he only has 15 total catches across three seasons.
Despite the slow start to his career, Barden has had the chance to really cement himself as the team’s third wide receiver, especially with the departure of Mario Manningham to the San Francisco 49ers.
However, Barden has only one catch through the first two games. Youngsters Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan have appeared to pass him on the depth chart.
Tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears will be a huge test for Barden. The third game of the preseason is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season, so Eli Manning should see at least a full half of action.
Manning will likely target Barden with a few passes, so Barden will have his chance to make an impact.
This might be his last chance to hang on with the Giants. There’s only so much patience Tom Coughlin and his staff can have with the fourth-year player.
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