The Giants made the signings of receivers Trindon Holliday and Mario Manningham official.
Holliday, who was with Denver last season, is also a return specialist who scored on an 81-yard punt return against the Giants.
“It’s great to get an opportunity to come out and be part of another team,” Holliday said. “I’m signed to do a job and that’s come in and help this team out on special teams as best as possible. I’ll be ready to report.
“The team’s going in the right direction. The Giants are trying to get back to their winning ways. This offseason has had some good things and I look forward to the rest.”
Holliday, 5-5 and 170 pounds, has returned 80 punts for 752 yards (9.4-yard avg.) and two touchdowns in 31 regular-season games. His 81-yarder in Denver’s victory over the Giants last Sept. 15 was the longest of his career.
Holliday is also capable of returning kickoffs, a role for which he’ll compete with another new giant, safety Quintin Demps, this summer.
“They told me they expect me to do both,” Holliday said. “I’m going to work my way in and earn the respect from the coaches and the trust that I can get back there and do those things.”
Manningham, a former Giants third-round draft pick, spent the last two seasons with San Francisco, where his time was rocky due to an ACL injury suffered after 12 games in 2012.
Last year, he began the season on the PUP list, but did return only to end up injured reserve because of recurring issues with his knee.
“It was frustrating, but it was a learning experience also,” Manningham said. “When I got back I couldn’t do what I wanted to, I knew I needed a little bit more time. It’s coming along and I just have to work on getting stronger and getting my strength back and trusting it more. I’m doing good; it’s getting stronger.”
“If you’re an athlete, you have a chip on your shoulder already, so you’re like, ‘I’m coming back strong this year,’’ Manningham said.
“I do believe it. I had a couple people who tore their ACL a couple times who said, ‘Man, you’re not going to get it back that following year, you’re going to get it back the year after that.’ I’m just trying to do what I can do to make a strong impact and win games.”
“I’m happy to be back,” Manningham said. “I’m real excited. It’s just great to see everybody, be around familiar faces, knowing everybody in the past and just being comfortable around everybody.
“Once a Giant, always a Giant. That’s how I feel. This is a very special place. I wanted to come back.”