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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leads spring workout in New Jersey with Big Blue standouts Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is keeping at it with the offseason work in preparation for his 16th NFL season this summer. Unfortunately this time around, he’s doing it without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Manning was spotted leading a workout in Tatlock Park in Summit, New Jersey this week, per TapintoSummit. Accompanying Manning was Big Blue running back Saquon Barkley along with WR Sterling Shepard.

All three offensive weapons for the Giants will return to team facilities in East Rutherford for the offseason program later this month. Giants’ offseason workouts begin April 15.

Manning will also attend the Manning Passing Academy later this summer. The annual program takes place in late June at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur recently confirmed that Manning would be back for the 2019 season. The Giants also paid their longtime QB his $5 million roster bonus. This at least provides him a roster spot for 2019.

Barkley will be looking to build upon his remarkable rookie season in 2019. His 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL in 2018. This led to him receiving Pepsi Rookie of the Year, FedEx Ground Player of the Year and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Shepard, on the other hand, may have upped his status on the depth chart this offseason due to the Beckham trade. He caught 66 balls for 872 yards and four scores in 2018.

The veteran receiver out of Oklahoma will now compete with new Big Blue WR Golden Tate for the number one receiver spot. Regardless of who it ends up being, both Shepard and Tate along with Barkley and tight end Evan Engram will provide Manning various options through the air.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.