Mario Manningham may be a Super Bowl icon, but he still has to make the Giants. So far he probably hasn't done enough to, so Thursday night 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. "It hasn't carried over to the game field yet. He'll have another chance."
Manningham is attempting to come back 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 in 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 pared down significantly 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 Week 1). "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."
Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington and Julian Talley are also wide receivers competing for roster spots.
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 winning scoring 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.
On Thursday, against the Patriots again, he could be playing for the final time of his second stint.
Rookie Weston Richburg will be a starter for the first time. He'll be at left guard in place of Geoff Schwartz (toe) and John Jerry will play right guard in place of Brandon Mosley (back). Coughlin said Jerry, coming off offseason knee surgery, iscleared to play about a half if he needs to . . . Coughlin said fourth-year LB Jacquian Williams has had a "very inspired camp" and has looked strong."He's healthy and has a good feel for his position," Coughlin said. "He has good energy." Williams leads the team in preseason tackles . . . LB Jon Beason (toe) told reporters that he expects to be taken off PUP soon and practice with the team when it begins preparing for the Lions on Monday.