New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning addresses the current state of the receivers as well as his altered offseason training.
The New York Giants have seen some setbacks to their receiving corps thus far in training camp. Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb (will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis), Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL (out of season) and Golden Tate received a four-game suspension (PEDs).
Despite these multiple issues, Eli Manning is staying optimistic as far as the state of the receiving corps.
Per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Manning sees the setbacks as “unfortunate” but also “a great opportunity to get Cody (Latimer) going and see what some of the other guys can do.”
Going into his 16th season in the NFL (all with the Giants), it’s safe to assume that Manning is aging. However, this offseason, Manning changed up his training just a bit. Per Madelyn Burke of the Giants official website, Eli got involved in a different sport when it came to training for the year.
Eli Manning says his off-season was a bit different this year, “mixed up where I was working out, where I was training… this year got into the baseball world, I’ve done that before… worked on the weight training… a lot of arm care, keep my arm strong” pic.twitter.com/bko8P1sGcZ
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) July 30, 2019
Manning, for the first time in his career, will have his absolute, without-a-doubt successor on the roster with him. The Giants drafted Daniel Jones in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. However, it’s unclear at this point when Jones will get the nod to start for Big Blue.
Despite this change, Manning still has that motivation to go out on the field and perform in year No. 16.
Per Burke, Manning said he has “a desire to win, to chase that feeling of winning games, what it feels like in a locker room…what it feels like to get on a hot streak, winning a playoff game…”
The Giants continue training camp this week at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Their first preseason game will be against the New York Jets on Thursday, Aug. 8.