32-Year-Old Safety – Houston Texans
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
A knee injury limited Manning to 24 tackles (21 solo) in six games for Houston last season. He will turn 32 years old this season, but posted 77 stops, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions whil...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 10
Danieal Manning Contract Information:
Signed by the Texans in September of 2014.
Manning said the plan for Sunday's game against Dallas is for him to return kickoffs, CSN Houston reports. "Right now, that's the gameplan," Manning said Thursday about returning kicks. "I really don't know because it's day-to-day, week-to-week."
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Danieal Manning: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Manning, who was limited to 24 tackles and a sack in six games for the Texans in 2013 due to a knee injury, returns to Houston after a stint on the Bengals' roster. He'll give the team added depth at safety following the release of Chris Clemons.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Manning -- who was limited to 24 tackles and a sack in six games for the Texans in 2013 due to a knee injury -- provides the Bengals with valuable depth and versatility for the their secondary thanks to his ability to work as either a safety or slot cornerback.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Texans will save $4.5 million against their salary cap by cutting Manning, who became expendable when the Texans signed Chris Clemons. Manning was limited to 24 tackles and a sack in six games for the Texans in 2013 due to a knee injury that he suffered on Oct. 13. On the plus side, he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, ESPN.com reports.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Manning enters his third year in the Texans' organization and is expected to start at free safety. He gets a new partner on the back end after Houston signed Ed Reed. Manning may also be used as a kick returner. He was a top returner while with the Bears and made an impact there in last season's playoff loss to New England.
Manning will start at free safety for the Texans this season and should post average tackling numbers for a starting safety, to go along with a couple of interceptions.
The Texans addressed glaring needs in the secondary when they signed both Manning and Jonathan Joseph, in moves they hope will turn around one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Manning isn't a big IDP candidate, though he did average 80 tackles over the last two seasons with the Bears. He also returned kickoffs in Chicago and was named by coach Gary Kubiak as the lead kickoff returner to start the season.
Manning started ten games in the Bears secondary in 2009, recording 92 tackles (second on the team behind Lance Briggs), an interception, and two forced fumbles. The addition of safeties Major Wright and Chris Harris this offseason will likely cut into Manning's playing time, but he is a versatile athlete who can play basically anywhere in the secondary and should continue to see a decent amount of action, even if it's not in a starting role. Manning has also returned kickoffs for the Bears the last two years, and should continue in that role this season.
Manning bounced around the secondary last year, but made his biggest impact as a kick returner, where he led the league in return average. For those of you who use defense and special teams, Manning is a big reason why the Bears are toward the top. He could start as a safety and will see plenty of time in the secondary, but he's not much of an IDP option.
Manning will serve as a type of utility defensive back, filling in for anyone when hurt and being featured in nickel and dime packages.
Manning's 2006 rookie season was very productive, as the second-rounder had two interceptions to go along with his 67 tackles. And not only did the Abilene Christian product play in all 16 games, he also started at free safety in 14 of them. Manning will compete for the starting FS spot again this year, and he looks to be the clear frontrunner right now.
Manning, a second-round pick out of Abilene Christian, is expected to challenge Chris Harris for the starting free safety job in his rookie year. Manning, a Division II All-America defensive back in his senior year, should also contribute to the Bears on special teams.