Logjam at WR puts Mario on roster bubble

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

A lot of the Giants’ uncertainty on offense lies within the fact that their first round draft choice, WR Odell Beckham, Jr. did not practice until the next to last workout in training camp.

Now that we’ve seen him practice, a lot of things may begin to clear up. On Wednesday, he caught a TD pass in the “green” zone from Curtis Painter.

Tom Coughlin was relieved to finally have Beckham getting in lock-step with the team, but was not sure whether Beckham will dress for this Saturday’s game in Indy.

“We will see,” said Coughlin. “I haven’t really talked to anybody about that. We will see about it.”

Beckham’s return to practice has suddenly made the WR group a crowded one. There are other young players, such as Corey Washington, Marcus Harris, Travis Harvey and Preston Parker who have performed well and are aiming to be in the final equation at WR.

With Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle entrenched as the starters and Jerrel Jernigan high atop the depth chart, there could be little room for former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham on the roster.

Manningham, coming off two injury-marred seasons in San Francisco, was signed back this offseason by the Giants in hopes that he could recapture the magic. So far, he hasn’t.

Mario has looked tentative and has appears to have lost some confidence. A bunch of dropped passes and missed opportunities have not helped his cause, either.

“I’m just going out and playing. I’m not worrying about that (making the team),” said Mario. “I’m just going out and controlling what I can control. I’ll leave it up to the staff to make adjustments. just go play ball, man. Don’t worry about anything else. Like I said, leave it up to them. That’s it. Control what I can control.”

Head coach Tom Coughlin on Manningham’s progress:

“That is not an easy one. Some days it is better than others. I think he is growing in some confidence, but we have been at this for a while and would certainly like to see him at his very best over a period of time so we can assess what we could expect. He is working at it, he’s working hard, but certainly I think there can be more.”

GEICO SportsNite: Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants training camp on the wide receiver competition and who the front-runners to make the roster are.

LoudMouths Adam Schein and Chris Carlin discuss whether Odell Beckham Jr. should be confident about the Giants offense this season.




4 comments
rico
rico

Who knows Mario has 2-3 preseason games to show the coaches something.

He was an electric player and a Giant-hero in his day….sad 

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

#1 WR- CRUZ

#2 WR- Randle

#3 WR- Jernigan

#4 WR- Beckham

#5 WR- Washington

#6 WR- ?????---IMO, Harris

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

I would be sad to see Mario go, but I understand.  I would be sadder to see Jernigan make the team... Let's give the young kids a chance

homerjay
homerjay

Based on what I've heard out of camp so far I hope they do not keep Manningham. It sounds like their younger prospects are performing much better. Amazing how the two WR's who made game saving catches in their 2 super bowl wins quickly dropped off the map. Injuries like this concern me because they never seem to completely go away and if Mario is hesitant it will only lead to re-injuring himself.