Eli Manning’s quick return to practice will hasten Giants' learning curve

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The absence of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz from last year’s OTAs was painfully obvious during the season. Nicks caught zero touchdown passes, and Cruz caught just four after scoring 19 times in his first two NFL seasons. Manning seemingly had no chemistry with either of his top two receiving threats, and it led to the former two-time Super Bowl MVP throwing the most interceptions in his career. This year however, all of Eli’s targets are under the same roof (or at least in the same facility) learning Ben McAdoo’s new offense together.

In fact, the entire offense is together. No holdouts, mysterious “personal issues” or even Manning’s ankle surgery will hinder the 2014 Giants from getting in sync. On Monday, the quarterback told reporters that he would be able to play if the season started now. Manning’s rapid recovery from his recent ankle surgery is a huge bonus. With Eli on the field and practicing with all of his weapons available to him, he and his receivers can develop the rapport they need.

Eli’s quick return may be even more important to his relatively inexperienced running backs and tight ends. The new scheme is designed to have many short and mid-range passes that will allow the players at these positions to get the ball very quickly. The more reps he can get throwing to his young players, the more beneficial it is.

Perhaps most importantly, Eli is able to work with his revamped offensive line. Jerry Reese and the Giants’ front office have brought in many new faces to fix one of the league’s most porous units from a season ago. Manning will be receiving snaps from a new center and could have as many as four new linemen protecting him this season.

McAdoo’s new system is giving everyone a renewed sense of focus. Having to learn new play calls, language and signals prevent veteran players from going through the motions this offseason. Eli recently admitted to The Star Ledger that “there are still learning curves” and he is not “100% with what is going on.” This is why his speedy return to the field is so important. If Eli is learning at the same speed as the rest of his teammates the offense can gain cohesion playing as unit next season.


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  • Beezy F

    Practice is always good and the new system should stimulate these guys. Eli and the offesnes numbers will improve because of 1 major thing though…

    A LOT LESS OPTION ROUTES

    Remember all those times Manningham would run the wrong route and Eli would throw an Int… then Rueben replaced him and just did the same damn thing. Eli and the 3rd WR could never get on the same page consistently under Killdrive and this system opens up the relationship and puts 3 legit WRs on the field of play.

    Hopefully Mac isnt as douchy as he looks.

    • OhCrapItsMatt

      I don’t mean to be a douche but its douchey not “douchy”…

  • OhCrapItsMatt

    “Eli recently admitted to The Star Ledger that “there are still learning curves” and he is not “100% with what is going on.” ”

    well after listening to Eli on WFAN for years im not sure he ever is 100% with whats going on. But i will take 80%

  • bMACadoo

    IM NOT A DOUCHE!