Mario Manningham had two chances to score a touchdown in the Giants’ loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. He landed out of bounds on both.
The day after the game, the second-year receiver grew aggravated when asked about those plays — and about what he can do better on routes near the sideline.
“That isn’t the only route I run,” Manningham said. “It looks like that’s the only route I run. Everybody’s saying I’m going to the sideline or whatever, like that’s the only route I run.”
No, it’s not the only route he runs — but in recent weeks those plays have become a critical issue, as he has struggled to create space along the sideline. Manningham has made the mistake on a few occasions this season, including against the Cardinals and the Cowboys, and the Giants coaches spoke last week about correcting the issue via fixes like inside releases or tighter alignments at the line.
Last week, the coaches replaced him in the lineup with rookie Hakeem Nicks. Asked if the move sends a message to Manningham about developing the rougher parts of his game, Coughlin said: “He is well aware of that.”