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Working in his favor, of course, is having a little chemistry with Manning and still having the desire to prove there is something left in the old gas tank.

“That’s why I feel blessed to have another chance,” Stokley said. “You can’t take it for granted. This is a great game and so I am going to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Stokley has a history with the Giants. In the Ravens’ Super Bowl blowout win over New York in 2001, Stokley caught the first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard go pattern that left cornerback Jason Sehorn in the dust.

“I was like in awe, a kid from Louisiana playing in the Super Bowl,” Stokley said. “I just felt blessed to be there and to win it was awesome. Never in my dreams would I have imagined winning and catching a touchdown. Definitely the top of my list.”

Adding to that list now would be giving Giants‘ fans something to cheer about.

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NOTES: Two-time Pro Bowl DE Justin Tuck practiced in pads on Thursday at almost 100 percent and he expects to play against the Rams if he does not suffer a setback. … When asked if he was going to fight Tuck for the starting job, backup DE Dave Tollefson, who started last week, said the Giants wouldn’t let him because Tuck makes more money. … TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) and CB Prince Amukamara (foot) did not practice.