Mario Manningham to Visit New York Giants on Monday: According to ESPN and The New York Post, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mario Manningham (San Francisco 49ers) will visit the New York Giants on Monday. Manningham was originally drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In four regular seasons with the Giants, Manningham caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns. Although 2010 was his best season statistically, Manningham is best remembered for his deep sideline catch on the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI.
Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012. He tore the ACL and PCL in his left knee in December 2012. Manningham started 2013 on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List until the 49ers activated him off of the PUP in November 2013. In six regular-season games last year, Manningham only caught nine passes for 85 yards before he was placed on Injured Reserve for the second season in a row.
Quintin Demps on Joining the Giants: Following up on today’s early story where the New York Giants officially confirmed the signing of unrestricted free agent safety/returner Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs), Demps has now spoken about joining his new team.
“The Giants welcomed me with open arms,” Demps said. “I’m 28 years old now, and I’m ready to win a championship. This is a perfect fit for me and I’m excited about it.”
Demps averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return in 2013.
“I’m a fan of the game and I’m pretty sure we all know they could use some help in that area,” Demps said. “That’s kind of why they signed me. I’m here to do my part, play my role and hopefully help them win a championship.”
Demps was asked about joining the Giants’ secondary. “I’ve watched them and it’s definitely a strong group,” Demps said. “I’m looking forward to growing and working with those guys.”
Demps said 2013 was his best NFL season thus far in his six-year career. “Without a shadow of a doubt,” Demps said. “It was the first year since my year playing all 16 games, and the scheme the Chiefs ran fit my strengths. I just think I had a good year and I’m ready to capitalize on that. My confidence is back up. I think I’m hitting my stride. I’m excited and I think the best is yet to come for me.”