Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
I agree. No guarantee that Manningham gets back to anything resembling his previous form this season. He didnt just tear his ACL, he blew out his PCL as well. That is one wrecked knee and theres zero guarantee he will ever be the same player again. Im expecting him to contribute as the #5 WR at best this year, just because he'll eventually be "healthy" doesnt mean he'll ever be the same player as he was before, which was basically a very good NFL #3 WR.
Only on the WZ do mediocre receivers suddenly transition into all pros by virtue of being on the Niner roster.
Mannigham was an average #3 receiver before he came to the Niners. Not good enough to be the #3 for the Giants. So if one wants to be satisfied starting out a brand new season with no aspirations of having a WR corp at least as good as NY, then, yea, A HEALTHY Manningham could have been deemed an OK #3. I strongly suspect that the Niners coaching staff doesn't feel this way. I'd be disappointed if they did.
Manningham was NEVER a starter for the Niners and, barely by happenstance a #3. I sure as heck am not expecting the organization to be looking to get worse this year. So where does that leave Manningham? Teetering to make the roster, that's where.
With injuries and expectations of other receivers on the roster not panning out, Manningham barely climbed to #3 last year (and couldn't hold even that position down). So why don't we just concede that he's the team's #2 this year!!? What are some people thinking?
If there is any chance that Manningham is to retain some relevance among the Niners WRs, he better make it back before the season begins, otherwise he will be less than insignificant. (Barring catastrophic injuries to those who make the final cut).
One things for sure: Even a healthy Manningham was a far cry from EVER being considered the Niners #2. And given his injury status now, he'll be lucky to make the roster. CLUE: You don't force a player who factors SIGNIFICANTLY into your future plans to take a big pay-cut.