There are certainly worse things you could be remembered for — ask any Star Trek actor or actress — but New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is tired of hearing about his catch in Super Bowl XLVI. Rather, the veteran receiver is just focused on healing up, making plays and giving himself a chance to make Big Blue's 53-man roster — something that has become all the more difficult due to the emergence of both Corey Washington and Marcus Harris.
"It’s a new season, man. It’s been a new season for about two or three seasons now so I’m not really," Manningham said. "I remember it but I don’t think about it. I’m just trying to make some more plays."
Of course, the biggest factor for Manningham would be a full return to health. However, a couple years removed from ACL surgery and he's still not yet 100 percent. And although he expects to be for the start of the 2014 regular season, it may not be in time to save his job.
"I’m doing good, I’m going good. Every day it’s getting better. I’m doing good," Manningham said. "I’m comfortable. I’m real confident in sticking my foot in the ground and going out there and just not thinking about it."
There have been some moments in both practice and games where Manningham looked like the Super Mario of old, but more often than not, that hasn't been the case. Unfortunately, that hasn't gone unnoticed by head coach Tom Coughlin, who sounded somewhat disappointed in Manningham's progress on Wednesday.
"That is not an easy one. Some days it is better than others," Coughlin said when asked about Manningham's progress. "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."
Manningham has only three remaining preseason games to turn his fortunes back around and will really need to put on a show in each. Washington and Harris continue to perform at a high level in both practice and games, and have each received first team reps over the veteran receiver and Super Bowl champion.
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