Eli Manning
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks on the “quarterback competition” narrative and preparing for his 16th season.

Veterans reported to New York Giants training camp on Wednesday. Rookies had reported on Monday and took part in a rookie practice on Wednesday morning with a few select veterans. However, the rest of the veterans won’t practice until Thursday and spent Wednesday morning speaking to the media.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning reported with the rest of the veterans, getting ready for his 16th training camp. When speaking to the media, Manning was asked about the whole narrative surrounding the “quarterback competition” which apparently won’t be a thing between him and rookie Daniel Jones. Manning, all-in-all, is only focusing on himself.

“I’ve got a job to go out there and do my best. And it doesn’t change,” Eli said, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “It hasn’t changed for 16 years and it never will. You go out there and you’re competing against a defense. Whenever I’m up, I’m competing against the defense and I’m trying to get our players to play their best and make plays. That’s the mindset.

“You want to make improvements in every practice, have goals to get better at certain things every day and make those strides of improvement in every practice. That’s the mindest and that’s all you can concern yourself with.”

Despite all of the critics over the past couple years along with the fans calling for the Giants to part ways with him, Eli is staying confident in himself and doing what he can to prepare for year No. 16 with Big Blue.

“It’s all about taking advantage of this year and making something special with this year, this team and this season,” Eli said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Eli doesn’t seem to have any doubt in his arm either, even at the age of 38.

Manning and the rest of the veterans will suit up for practice on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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