Former Pitt wide receiver Manasseh Garner has only had about a year of experience in the NFL, but he's already bounced around as much as many longtime veterans in the league. That's because despite drawing interest, he's found it difficult to stick anywhere for too long.
Garner initially broke into the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs after he signed as a free agent following last season's NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he didn't last long there being cut shortly after that. Garner got his second pro opportunity with the Cleveland Browns in the fall, but as was the case in Kansas City, he didn't hang around long and was waived. Finally, he was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad late in the year and ... you guessed it, didn't last.
The league wasn't done with Garner just yet, though. In January he signed a futures contract with the Denver Broncos and as of this past week, was still with the club as they wrapped up some OTAs.
A wide receiver at Pitt, SB Nation's Broncos blog says that Garner got work at both tight end and fullback - one thing that could help him stick with the club even though he looks like a long shot to make the team. On top of that, a Broncos beat reporter mentioned he got quite a bit of work on at least one day:
Tight end/fullback Manasseh Garner has receiving a lot action as a pass catcher in 7 on 7 and team today.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) May 24, 2016
Like I said, there's no doubt that Garner is a long shot to make the team. But hopefully his versatility helps him to latch on eventually with the Broncos or another franchise this season.
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