Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham‘s second go-around with the New York Giants has been anything but smooth sailing and now it seems that his 2014 season has ended before it could even begin.
On Saturday morning, ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano reported that the Giants will place Manningham on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Prior to the announcement, Manningham seemed destined to be cut from the roster after a less-than-impressive preseason campaign. His offseason struggles were capped off Thursday night against the Patriots, when he was forced to leave the game after just four plays. It was an exclamation point on what has been a preseason of disappointment for Manningham.
The 28-year-old wide receiver looked like a shell of his former self, as he has attempted to return from multiple knee injuries. Manningham missed 14 games in his two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before being signed by New York to a one-year deal this offseason.
In five preseason games, Manningham recorded just two catches for a total of 22 yards. The knee injuries have clearly taken their toll and Manningham and he simply does not have the same gear he once did.
Tom Coughlin has said that the Giants will likely keep six receivers on their 53-man roster, one more than last year. The four locks to make the team include Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jerrel Jernigan.
With Marcus Harris already on the injured reserve and Trindon Holliday headed in the same direction, the last two spots are slightly up in the air. You have to believe Corey Washington has secured a spot with his stellar play, leaving just one opening. Preston Parker seems like the most likely candidate with his ability to contribute on special teams.
Unfortunately for Manningham (and the Giants), he is just not the player he once was. Perhaps another year of recovery and rehab will allow him to regain his original speed and playmaking ability that made him a viable threat.
Manningham will always have a place in the hearts of Giants fans, but it looks like he won’t be making new memories any time soon.