The attendance was at 100 percent, with the exception of Lawrence Tynes, who was hosting a charity golf tournament. Head coach Tom Coughlin was almost drooling over this fact, as finally he has all his players training together.
For Coughlin, “it sends the right message”, and “it tells everybody that every guy is here for the same reason and trying to help our team be as good as it can be. It is very difficult to get that done when we are not here”.
In previous years, the New York media would be talking about how Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey would not show up, and how Eli would continue to struggle because of that fact. Not this year though.
Our leader showed great confidence in the current WR group. After all, this situation is a first in his pro career.
“I like this group. It's a competitive group. It's a group that works hard. Nobody's getting any special treatment. Nobody has an ego. It's a group that cares about everybody else. It's a good group,” said Manning.
As previously defended by this writer, this may turn up to be the great factor of this offense; the ingredient that will make all the players evolve and step up.
Regarding the constant shadow of former No. 17, Eli’s comment showed just what this writer needed to hear.
“I don't think you necessarily need that one guy,” Manning said. “You can have three or four guys step up. If one guy steps up, he will push the others, no question.”
Manning and the Giants have obviously moved on beyond Burress, and one can expect this offense to have a different face from last year’s. With all receivers training together, and all eager to show something to the coaches, the chemistry between them and Eli should be well tuned in September.
Of course, Manning has a great deal of responsibility over these guys. He is, more than ever, the man in charge.
When asked, Eli showed he is well aware of his responsibilities, as he is “trying to get into it a little more with them and help them out, and it's helping me out, too, getting to down the kindergarten level of the offense and keep the basics sharp.” Looks like our general is taking care of things.
I don’t know about you, but I have a very good feeling about all this…
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