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A Now Healthy Terrell Manning Excited for Fresh Start with New York Giants

July 7th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2012 NFL Draft, linebacker Terrell Manning has already found the NFL to be a relatively unforgiving place. After coming into the league with knee problems, Manning quickly contracted colitis — a parasitic infection of the large intestine — that lingered for much of his rookie season.

Due in large part to both his sickness and his knee problems, the Packers released Manning in August of 2013. Since then, he's bounced around a bit, briefly joining both the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers before ultimately finding himself with the New York Giants.

Now healthy for the first time in his professional career, Manning is excited and eager for a truly fresh start.

"When I found out I was sick, it was a major adjustment. You just got to be prepared for anything no matter what may happen," Manning told the Fayetteville Observer. "I feel 100 percent ready to go. It's in the past now. I've learned to control it now, and I'm ready to go."

Although Manning was essentially signed as an insurance policy following Jon Beason's injury (fractured foot), he has seized the opportunity and is taking it very seriously. In fact, he's latched onto Beason and has gone above and beyond in an attempt to absorb as much information as possible.

"Great guy, great football player, even better character," Manning said of Beason. "I sit beside him in meetings and try to learn as much as I can."

Manning understands his current situation could be fleeting, however. And while some other players would celebrate in similar circumstances, he understands he needs to go out there, prove himself and win a spot on the 53-man roster in training camp or it's right back to the drawing board.

"I'm just taking it a day at a time," Manning said. "I'm not trying to look too far ahead. Just keep my head down, stay focused. Don't get sidetracked up there in the big city."

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3 Responses to “A Now Healthy Terrell Manning Excited for Fresh Start with New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    Good attitude … it will be fun to watch him in camp.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I saw this guy play in college a few times. Mark my words: if he really IS healthy then he has the clear potential to be the best weak-side linebacker on the Giants. He isn’t as fast as Williams but is WAY better against the run, and he is the kind of playmaker that Paysinger represents but with much greater ability to rush the quarterback. The few times I saw NC State play when he was there he literally jumped off the television screen. He was that good.

    Frankly, I didn’t know he had signed with the Giants. I think it was a terrific move by Reese even if there’s a real question as to whether he’s healthy. Given how happy the coaches were with Fox it may be a long shot for Manning to make the roster (how many linebackers will they carry?) but if he makes it I think he will contribute mightily on special teams and will be a potentially tremendous asset who should be considered for a starting position by 2015 if he’s still here.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    And in association with the above, I don’t see how Mark Herzlich sticks on the roster this season. They will have Beason, McClain as the probable strong-side backer but also Beason’s primary back-up, Kennard on the strong-side and also a potential MLB, Williams, Paysinger, Fox as a potential successor to Beason and McClain, and now Manning as well. They’re likely to go with no more than six linebackers (excluding DeOssie) and certainly won’t go with more than seven. I see no place for Herzlich. Too bad. He’s a great story and I hope his post-NFL career is a great success.

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