Good morning, New York Giants fans! We begin your Wednesday with the news that the Giants on Tuesday released Mario Manningham, freeing the 2011 Super Bowl hero from injured reserve with an injury waiver. Manningham is free to sign with another NFL team.
The Giants signed Manningham in the offseason, hoping that after two seasons in San Francisco that were cut short by a serious knee injury, he could regain the form he had with the Giants early in his career and help their receiving corps. It never happened.
Manningham showed little during training camp or the preseason, strained a calf muscle in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots and was placed on IR. At 28, and having yet to show he can regain his form following the knee injury he sustained in 2012, the Giants were Manningham's best shot at resurrecting his career. He may be at the end of the NFL road.
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Antrel Rolle spent part of his weekly spot on WFAN guaranteeing that he would get a Pick 6 this season. More interesting, at least to me, is how on target his assessment of the 2-2 Giants was. Here is what he said:
"As long as we don’t hurt ourselves, we have a great shot," Rolle told Joe & Evan. "I think we have a great shot. I think that’s what’s been hurting us all along … I think we’re our own worst enemy, and as long as we take care of that, I think the sky’s the limit for this team. I have all the faith in the world in this team. We’re a very, very talented group, and once you put that confidence in that group, watch out."
Odell Beckham Jr. is finally getting healthy. And if the Giants’ first-round pick manages to stay that way, he’ll thank Rashad Jennings for the assist. About two weeks ago, Beckham’s hamstring began to show serious progress and the receiver began practicing and buzz started to build that he might be ready for his NFL debut.
About a week before that, Beckham sought out Jennings, the running back with the custom-built warmup routine. Beckham has since adopted that routine, and while it hasn’t healed his hamstring (old-fashioned rest and rehab get the credit for that), it could play a critical role in keeping the injury from recurring.