The Giants are betting on Eli.
As legal US betting on sports starts popping up across the country, the Giants are wagering their immediate future on their veteran quarterback.
And that’s just okay with him.
“Every year could be a special year,” Eli Manning said. “It is just a matter of how guys can play on Sunday. There is always going to be ups and downs during the season. It really comes down to if guys can keep it about the team and keep it together. Stay committed for 16, 17 weeks and going into the playoffs. I think it is a good crew of guys. Now it just comes down to how hard can we work and how committed can be in putting this all together and finding ways to win together.”
Manning will be in an entire new offense with Pat Shurmur at the helm. He is introducing a new scheme that should help get more mileage out of Manning.
Right now, though, he needs to get used to the system.
“I think it is going really well,” he said. “I feel comfortable with it, I visualize it. The receivers are cutting fast and know what they are doing. The offensive line is doing a good job. Obviously, we have a couple of new pieces and people in there, especially on the offensive line group. I think they are adjusting and communicating well. Obviously, every day is important. Get a little comfortable and confident everyday with the offense and the calls and the adjustments we can make. We are doing some good things but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Manning with have a revamped offensive line in front of him, which should help him big time, as well as some new offensive weapons, including No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley, which finally gives him a bonified running back.
It’s something that he looked forward to for years, but now Barkley’s learning process starts.
“I think Saquon has done a good job,” he said. “I have been impressed with him. Just learning the offense. He has come in quickly and has a good feel for things. Physically, he looks the part. I am excited to see him with pads on, in the open field and see what he can do. He has done a good job. In the spring, you see more in the passing game and you get to work on those things. He has been impressive in that part. I know once you get the pads on and some live contact, he will be impressive in that regard as well.”
With training camp a month away, Manning is starting to look like a sure bet.