The New York Giants have a number of tough decisions to make as two cutdown days near, and among them is what to do at the wide receiver positional. Initially, the position seemed rather cut and cry, but after the emergence of both Corey Washington and Marcus Harris, coupled with the relatively silence of both Mario Manningham and Jerrel Jernigan, things are no longer so black and white.
While Manningham is still battling to overcome a knee injury that has plagued him for the better part of the past two seasons, the once Tom Coughlin-named "One Play JJ" is struggling in his own right.
When Jernigan was finally given his opportunity at the end of the 2013 season — replacing the injured Victor Cruz — he responded with three consecutive games in which he caught six or more passes for 65 or more yards, including a brilliant performance in Week 17 against the Washington Redskins when he hauled in seven receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown, adding an additional 57 yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts.
It was the very first time those in the organization who supported him had the opportunity to pat themselves on the back and say "see? the kid just needed a chance." In fact, General Manager Jerry Reese came right out and publicly expressed his displeasure with how long it took Giants coaches to "discover" him.
But here we are in training camp and once again Jernigan is somewhat underperforming, leading to an apparent rift in the organization, reports WFAN's Paul Dottino.
"There's a split in the organization on him," Dottino said. "I would not keep Jerrel Jernigan, I'm sorry. I just don't see enough in him, but there's a split in the organization."
Unfortunately, there were no follow-up questions about Jernigan or who in the organization is split on him, so it ends up being little more than a blanket statement. However, given the way last season ended, it would appear as if Jerry Reese is a Jernigan supporter, while the coaches may not be. Time will tell.
In the end, Jernigan has three remaining preseason games to step up and show the team he's worthy of carrying on their 53-man roster despite the emergence of both Washington and Harris.
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