The competition for reserve wide receiver spots has been one of the most interesting of the preseason for the New York Giants. Wednesday's 'What to watch vs. the Patriots' post included an extensive breakdown of the wide receiver position. Let's simply revisit that.
Here is what I wrote:
The final few spots at this position remain unsettled. Marcus Harris probably would have had one of the wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster, but he is now on IR with a torn labrum in his hip. Here are some thoughts on some of the players competing for roster spots.
Mario Manningham has done little in the four preseason games, but the Giants keep running him out there and hoping that he can regain the form that once made him an explosive weapon for the Giants before a major knee injury derailed him.
"He has had some spurts the last couple weeks where he has done some real good things on the practice field. It hasn't carried over to the game field yet. He will have another chance," Coughlin said.
Corey Washington has excited everyone with fourth-quarter touchdown catches in every preseason game, three of those game-winners. Despite that, and despite his having size at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds that no other Giants receiver has, Washington is probably not a lock for the 53-man roster. Whereas Harris had shown a value on kick coverage teams Washington has yet to do that. As a reserve wide receiver Washington will have to play and contribute on those teams.
Preston Parker has shown versatility as a receiver and a returner. If he makes the team Parker is probably going to open the season as the punt returner.
Trindon Holliday has yet to play in a game and almost certainly won't play Thursday due to his lingering hamstring issue. You have to wonder why the Giants are keeping him around.
Jerrel Jernigan has drawn mixed reviews so far this preseason. Despite his current status as a starter in three-wide sets, some think Jernigan is on the roster bubble.
Prediction (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington. Manningham, despite all the chances the Giants have given him, loses out to Parker because of Parker's ability to help the Giants as a return man.