Mario Manningham may be a Super Bowl icon, but he still has to make the team. So far he probably hasn't done enough to, so Thursday will be his final opportunity.
"He has had some spurts the last couple weeks where he has done some real good things on the practice field," Tom Coughlin said of Manningham. "It hasn't carried over to the game field yet. He'll have another chance."
Manningham is attempting to come back with the Giants after two seasons with the 49ers and two knee surgeries. He was not on the field for most of the spring and has been coming along slowly during the preseason. He's made two catches for 22 yards, including a 17-yarder against the Bills in the Hall of Fame Game.
The wide receiver group is sure to be paired down significantly with roster cuts this weekend, but Coughlin said he is not against keeping six wide receivers (particularly with one of them, Odell Beckham Jr., far from a certainty for the opener). "It's been done before," Coughlin said of the high number at the position. But that doesn't mean it will be done this time.
"Any of the guys who are left know it goes from 75 to 53," Coughlin said. "You're ending up in a numbers game, and it is competitive."
Manningham, 28, has said since the start of training camp that he is not interested in recapturing old glories but simply making the team. He is most famous for his sideline catch on a pass from Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLVI that sparked the game-winning touchdown drive and helped the Giants win a championship. It was the last game he played with the Giants during his first tenure with the team.
Thursday, against the Patriots once again, he could be playing for the final time of his second stint.