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Giants rookie WR Manningham not making progress

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Giants rookie WR Manningham not making progress

BY TOM ROCK | tom.rock@newsday.com

August 16, 2008

ALBANY - A highly anticipated rookie receiver sidelined by injury? It's become as much a tradition for the Giants as rookie hazing or Tom Coughlin's annual bowling night. This year, Mario Manningham has followed in the gimpy footsteps of Sinorice Moss and Steve Smith.

When the Giants selected him in the third round out of Michigan despite off-the-field issues, the consensus was that they took a chance on him. If Manningham makes the 53-man roster later this month, the Giants will be taking a chance on him because of never-on-the-field issues.

"We just don't see anything," Coughlin said of Manningham, who has not practiced since July 28 with a strained quad and missed time in the spring with a hip flexor. "He can't practice, so you go on everything you understood about him when you drafted him. He's in every meeting, he does all that, but he doesn't get to rep it. For a young guy, they need to do that."

As frustrated as the Giants are with Manningham, he feels the same. He said he should be ready to return in the next few days, likely after the Browns game Monday night, and predicted he'll be available for the remaining two preseason contests

As for the receiver injuries, Coughlin offered a theory last week. He said rookies at the position seldom understand the amount of running they'll be asked to do and sometimes arrive physically unprepared for the rigors. Manningham agreed with that assessment.

"They said no matter how good of shape you think you're in, you're really going to find out what kind of shape you're in," Manningham said. "They said when you can't run any more, run some more. Now I know."

Manningham said he has spoken with Moss, who also suffered a quad injury that nagged him through his rookie year in 2006.

"He said just try to get it better and don't go until you know you can go," Manningham said. "And take mental reps. Write stuff down. Knowing you can't be in the huddle, just look from the sideline and ask a lot of questions."

There have been plenty of people to ask on those sidelines. Manningham isn't the only injured receiver. Smith, Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress have all spent time on the sideline this preseason. Of those players, however, Manningham is the only one who hasn't yet proven himself on an NFL field.

With the possibility of winding up on injured reserve becoming an increasing option with every missed practice, Manningham said he knows it will be difficult to make the team in only two weeks.

"I don't know where I am on the depth chart right now," he said. "It really doesn't matter to me because I'm trying to get back out there to prove myself. I feel like I haven't even done anything yet."

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I just love the term "mental reps". They probably should IR him, what are the odds he's in good enough shape to show what he can do anyways?

slim to none. i agree that IR is the best route, kinda like what the patriots tried to do with chad jackson a year or two back even though it didnt work.

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kinda like what the patriots tried to do with chad jackson a year or two back even though it didnt work.

Wow, there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Injuries have absolutely buried him.

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Wow, there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Injuries have absolutely buried him.

Not to mention all the other bodies that have been ahead of him, Welker, Moss, gaffney, didn't Jackson have all the tools and was a high prospect to be good in the NFL?

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Manningham was already questionable coming out of college but DeSean battled through his hamstring injury and flourished. :-)

WR is notoriously one of the toughest positions to learn in the NFL, and when a rookie WR misses all or most of training camp the odds of him making an impact his rookie season go down significantly. Jackson was lucky that his injury wasn't too serious. Manningham's rookie season is in big trouble, and I'm curious to see how the Washington rookie WRs play this year since both have missed alot of time with injuries.

As for Jackson, the guy has made some plays but he's also made some mistakes. McNabb really seems to have confidence in him. It's ashame the special team blocking units have been so pitiful, the guy hasn't had a chance to show what he can do in that department. The special teams should scare any Eagle fan right now cause they look absolutely awful.

I do like the fact that the team is letting him get a ton of reps both with the 1st and 2nd team offense. With him and Curtis on the field at the same time, they can really stretch defenses. Preseason means nothing, but it's great to see him playing well overall instead of looking lost. Hopefully it translates to the regular season.

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Manningham was already questionable coming out of college but DeSean battled through his hamstring injury and flourished. :-)

So far so good with Jackson. I thought Maningham was a bum coming out and i still havent changed my mind on that.

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I just don't see them cutting him this year. Seems kinda soon.

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That's very misleading. "Not making the team" means he's getting cut. You're still on the team if you're on IR. They're paying you and you're in camp in the spring. BIG difference.

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The Giants top three receivers are already set and have been since last year. He was coming in to battle for the 4th maybe 5th spot regardless of how camp went. We're very deep at WR. If he makes an impact the last two weeks of camp the same thing may happen to him that happened to Smith. Make the team, contribute in the second half of the season. Either way he's NOT getting cut and will be an option in the future.

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The Giants top three receivers are already set and have been since last year. He was coming in to battle for the 4th maybe 5th spot regardless of how camp went. We're very deep at WR. If he makes an impact the last two weeks of camp the same thing may happen to him that happened to Smith. Make the team, contribute in the second half of the season. Either way he's NOT getting cut and will be an option in the future.

I agree. They're not cutting him.

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Manningham could have easily beaten out Toomer in the starting line-up this year because of his talent level?

I got $20 that says Manningham would be our #1 by week 1 if we traded for him next Friday.

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The Giants top three receivers are already set and have been since last year. He was coming in to battle for the 4th maybe 5th spot regardless of how camp went. We're very deep at WR. If he makes an impact the last two weeks of camp the same thing may happen to him that happened to Smith. Make the team, contribute in the second half of the season. Either way he's NOT getting cut and will be an option in the future.

He had a big opportunity to be #2 or 3 - NO ONE on the Giants but Plax scares anyone.... all the rest could easily be beat out by someone with the talent like Manningham

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He had a big opportunity to be #2 or 3 - NO ONE on the Giants but Plax scares anyone.... all the rest could easily be beat out by someone with the talent like Manningham

Manningham could have easily beaten out Toomer in the starting line-up this year because of his talent level?

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He had a big opportunity to be #2 or 3 - NO ONE on the Giants but Plax scares anyone.... all the rest could easily be beat out by someone with the talent like Manningham

He wasn't beating out a professional like Toomer or an up and comer like Smith. Maybe next year, but not as a rookie. The Giants WR corps should scare you. It's deep and talented.

BTW, only a handful of teams in the NFL have two "scary" WRs. Many have none.

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