New York Giants: Eli Manning

Photos from training camp: Day 1

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Here are some photo highlights from Tuesday, the first day of practice at New York Giants training camp in East Rutherford, N.J.

Eli ManningAP Photo/Seth WenigEli Manning is either signaling for peace, flashing a victory sign or, more likely, working through some offensive plays.
Odell BeckhamAP Photo/Seth WenigRookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. demonstrates his aerial skills.
Justin PughAP Photo/Julie JacobsonTackle Justin Pugh douses his head and face with water while taking a break. The temperature rose to 91 degrees on Tuesday afternoon in East Rutherford.

Eli Manning 'eyes' rebound in 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin expressed confidence Friday that Eli Manning will return to championship form. How does he know?

"I see it in his eyes," the New York Giants' coach told reporters at the NFL scouting combine.

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Coughlin addressed a variety of issues, most of which focused on the Giants' "broken" offense, as co-owner John Mara described it at the end of the season. Coughlin spoke highly of new coordinator Ben McAdoo and took issue with speculation the organization is concerned with Manning, who threw a career-high 27 interceptions.

"I don't know where the internal concern is," Coughlin said. "We're very confident Eli will, with the help of others around him, return to the high stature we hold him in. I feel very good about that."

The Manning-McAdoo marriage will be one of the big storylines in 2014. Manning has spent his entire career under Kevin Gilbride, who retired abruptly after the season amid talk that he could be fired. Many have assumed that McAdoo, a disciple of Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, will install a West Coast offense, predicated on quick, short passes. That's not necessarily so, accoring to Coughlin.

"[McAdoo], interestingly enough, doesn't describe it as a West Coast offense," he said. "He thinks more in terms of being vertical, down the field, if the opportunities present themselves."

Even though he hired McAdoo to call the plays, Coughlin said he'll remain involved in the offensive operation. He said all parties have agreed they must maintain a commitment to the running game. It sounds as if Coughlin was sold on McAdoo during the interview. He said the former Packers assistant showed up with a detailed video on his teaching methods.

Coughlin didn't get into Xs and Os. He left everything on the table, saying, "As far as changes, they may be subtle or they may be drastic ones."

The 67-year-old coach, who announced that he has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2015, seemed invigorated by the changes on offense. He described it as exciting and stimulating, admitting it's a challenge for him to learn the new system.

Giants' passing game grounded

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There would be no repeat of Week 1 for the Giants' receivers.

After torching the Cowboys' secondary for 450 yards in the season opener, the Giants' passing game totaled just 174 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Dallas at MetLife Stadium. The Giants' receivers pointed to the success of the running game, which ran for 202 yards, but the passing attack never got going and was often out of sync.

Receiver Victor Cruz made the costliest mistake of the game when he was stripped and Dallas returned the ball for a score, and receiver Hakeem Nicks was inactive for the first time all season.

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Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY SportsVictor Cruz hauled in just two catches for 27 yards.
"We didn't particularly throw the ball or have as much yardage as we would have thought with the passing game," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

Opposing offenses have had great success this year attacking Dallas through the air as the Cowboys entered Sunday's game ranked last in the NFL by allowing 313 passing yards per game. The Giants were privy to this information based on the last matchup with Dallas on Sept. 8, when Cruz, Nicks and Rueben Randle each went for more than 100 receiving yards in the Giants' 36-31 loss.

The Giants' running game had its way with Dallas' depleted defense, but the passing attack, once considered the strength of the team, couldn't get going as Manning and his receivers weren't on the same page. After catching five passes for 118 yards in the previous game, Cruz had just two for 27 yards. Randle led the team with three catches for 64 yards, but that was 37 less than he posted last time.

In a revealing sequence late in the second quarter, the Giants chose to run the ball on third-and-goal from the 10 rather than have Manning throw. The run was not enough and the Giants kicked a field goal.

"There were definitely voids and times where I was open. It was just different circumstances where Eli was sacked or Eli was moving other ways, things of that nature," Cruz said of Dallas' plan against him. "I don't think it was necessarily them doing a better job. I felt there were still voids and still routes open."

Cruz had the biggest blunder of the game when he fumbled after hauling in a 5-yard catch in the first quarter. As Cruz fought for an extra yard with two defenders draped over him, Orlando Scandrick pulled the ball out and it was recovered by Jeff Heath, who took it 50 yards to put the Cowboys up, 7-0.

It marked the third defensive touchdown the Cowboys scored against the Giants this season.

"I can't let those type of things happen," Cruz said. "I got to take better care of the football and know that they are doing that and they're going to try to come in there and strip it and take better care of it."

Leading up to the game, Nicks, who is bothered by an abdominal injury, said that he would play, which proved to be false confidence. The Giants certainly could have used him Sunday as Manning and Randle weren't always on the same page -- which has been an reoccurring issue -- and the Giants weren't able to get much from Jerrel Jernigan.

Louis Murphy did catch his first touchdown pass.

"All week things happen throughout our team, coaches make decisions," Cruz said of Nicks not playing. "I have no part in that so obviously when I come in and I don't see him I'm going to be surprised."

Practice report: Gettin' tricky with it

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David WilsonAP Photo/Frank Franklin IIDavid Wilson & Co. had a little fun on the practice field Wednesday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On Tuesday, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell experimented with several different formations during practice.

On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride got a little creative.

During 11-on-11 red zone work about 2/3 of the way through practice, the Giants ran a halfback option play. David Wilson got the ball on the left of Eli Manning, launched a left-handed pass toward the left corner of the end zone, and a wide open Victor Cruz hauled the ball in for a touchdown.

The crowd ate it up, cheering boisterously. Who doesn't love a trick play?

The Giants attempted 539 passes last season -- Manning threw 536 of them, and backup QB David Carr tossed the other three. But maybe Wilson will get in the mix somewhere along the way this fall?

Here are some other highlights/lowlights from Wednesday's practice:

• During 11-on-11's early on, Carr connected with WR Louis Murphy for a nice gain down the left-hand side. Ryan Nassib tried to connect with TE Chase Clement, and Clement almost made an acrobatic one-handed grab, but he couldn't quite hang on.

• The defense stood out during 7-on-7 work Wednesday. CB Prince Amukamara had a near-pick of Manning on a short pass to Murphy. Carr threw left to Hakeem Nicks and LB Jacquian Williams made a beautiful play, leaping to deflect the ball away. And CB Laron Scott had yet another interception Wednesday -- Carr threw deep left for Murphy, and Scott ran down the ball and made a beautiful over-the-shoulder grab.

• In red zone 11-on-11's, just prior to Wilson's halfback option pass, CB Aaron Ross had excellent coverage on Cruz in the back-left corner of the end zone, breaking up a potential touchdown pass.

• Williams made another nice play during 11-on-11 goal line work, breaking up a Manning pass intended for TE Brandon Myers. But soon after, Manning connected with Cruz for a touchdown over the middle.

• Carr almost threw his second interception of the day in a goal-line set, when he attempted a short pass to WR Kevin Hardy that went right through CB Jayron Hosley's hands. Nassib, on the other hand, hooked up with WR Ramses Barden for a touchdown in the same situation.

• As usual, practice ended with a two-minute drill, and this time around Carr got the nod at QB. He did complete a pass to TE Larry Donnell, but ultimately failed to get his team in the end zone. Gilbride said Tuesday that the backup quarterback job is up for grabs between Carr, Nassib and Curtis Painter. Carr is the favorite, but he definitely didn't put on a great performance Wednesday.

Tiki now says Eli's the better Manning

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Tiki Barber, who once questioned Eli Manning's leadership abilities, now thinks the New York Giants quarterback has improved to the point that he is better than his brother Peyton.

Click here for the full news story.

Eli laments Nicks, Cruz absence at OTAs

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Eli ManningAP Photo/Bill KostrounEli Manning certainly wanted Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz with him at OTAs.
When Eli Manning worked out with both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz at Duke in April, the quarterback figured he would get in more reps with his two receivers this offseason.

Manning knew Cruz had his contract to deal with but figured he would see Nicks. Instead, Manning has been passing to the likes of Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy at organized team activities.

"I knew there was a chance with Victor; he didn't have a contract," Manning said of not having his top receivers at OTAs. "You got some work. But I was just really hoping it [the Duke workouts] would be a little starter course to the spring. Not a substitute for what we’re doing on the field right now. This is stuff where we’re getting to go against cornerbacks, you get to work your technique."

Manning says it shouldn't take Nicks and Cruz long to get back into the flow of things with him. But he would certainly like to have them with him now.

"They've played in big games," Manning said. "They've run these plays hundreds of times before and so they'll be able to get in the flow of things. But you'd still like them back here just to work on things that we didn't do as well last year. They know what they're doing. It's just a matter of improving how they’re doing it sometimes."

"I gotta worry about the guys that are here," Manning later added. "That's all I can do. Making sure I know what I'm doing, working on the things that I need to improve on."

Video: Halftime show for Eli

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Eli understands what Harbaughs will feel

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Eli Manning has never faced Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.

But he certainly knows what it is like to go up against his brother in a game. He has faced Peyton in two regular-season games and lost both times.

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AP Photo/Marco GarciaPeyton and Eli Manning are both Pro Bowl quarterbacks and Super Bowl champions.
So as Baltimore's John Harbaugh prepares to coach against his brother, San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh, in the Super Bowl, Eli can empathize with what the brothers might experience on Super Sunday.

"For me, it was just always, 'Hey, I am going against the Colts defense,' or next year I will be going against the Denver defense," Manning said on ESPN while in Hawaii, practicing for the Pro Bowl. "I am worried about that and I am worried about going out there and trying to play my best."

Both Manning brothers are in Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl, and their teams will play against each other next season when the Giants and Broncos meet. Eli Manning says he allows himself a brief moment to soak in the fact that he's playing against his brother when the two are on the field together.

"I might take a moment before the game as the national anthem is going on," Manning said. "And you kind of look over and see your big brother on the other sideline, a pretty neat experience. After the game, give him a hug. But beside that, once the game has started, you are totally focused on doing your job."

Eli will face Peyton in '13

December, 31, 2012
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For the third time in a regular season, the Manning brothers will face off in 2013.

The New York Giants will face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at home next season. The Giants revealed the opponents on their schedule for next season. The Giants' home schedule includes Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota, Seattle, Denver and Oakland at home.

The Giants will play Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego on the road next season.

Of the teams on the schedule, the Giants will face five teams that made the playoffs in the Redskins, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks and Broncos.

The dates of the schedule will be released later in the spring of 2013.

So, tell us how you are feeling about next year's opponents below.

ESPN New York rates Eli No. 1

December, 27, 2012
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Eli Manning’s 2012 may be ending badly, but he kicked off the year in elite fashion.

Manning led the Giants to four straight wins en route to his second Super Bowl title and second Super Bowl MVP trophy, putting an end to any lingering questions about where he ranks among the greats of the game. That's why ESPNNewYork.com picked him as the best-loved New York sports figure of the year.

(Five Giants made our Top 10. Click here to view the list, and here to rank 'em yourself.)

Manning's unforgettable year included a guest-host stint on “Saturday Night Live” as well.

His 2012 opened with a bang on New Year’s Day as the Giants clinched the NFC East by beating Dallas, 31-14, at home. The quarterback threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns to clinch a playoff berth.

He threw for three more touchdowns in a 24-2 wild-card blowout over the Falcons at home.

Manning then outshined Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay with 330 yards and three touchdowns -- including a Hail Mary to Hakeem Nicks at the end of the first half -- to lead the Giants to the NFC title game.

It was in San Francisco where Manning delivered the toughest performance of his career. The Giants' franchise quarterback was officially hit 12 times -- but it probably was closer to 20 -- and sacked six times but he kept getting back up.

He completed 32 of 58 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against the vaunted Niners defense and delivered a beautiful 17-yard touchdown strike to Mario Manningham on a third-and-15 to put the Giants up 17-14 in the fourth quarter.

The Giants went on to win in overtime and advance to their second Super Bowl in five years. And for the second time in his career, Manning topped New England's Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.

Manning threw for 296 yards and engineered yet another fourth-quarter Super Bowl-winning drive. Down 17-14, Manning took over at his own 12 with 3:46 remaining and hit Manningham on a spectacular 38-yard throw toward the left sideline that will be remembered as one of the all-time Super Bowl highlights. His throw was on the money as Manningham not only made a terrific catch between defenders but managed to keep both of his feet in on the sideline.

Manning completed five-of-six passes on the nine-play drive that culminated with Ahmad Bradshaw falling into the end zone to give the Giants the Super Bowl, 21-17.

The Giants' 2012 playoff hopes may be hanging by a thread. But no matter what happens on Sunday, he's still the people’s champ.

Photos: Giants vs. Ravens

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Check out our gallery of the Giants' Week 16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Giants' offense puts up shocking stats

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Eli Manning Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesEli Manning, who faced heavy pressure all afternoon, takes a sack against the Ravens' D.
BALTIMORE -- The numbers are simply stunning.

A week after being shut out by the Falcons, the Giants were even worse against the Ravens on Sunday.

Yes, they put up 14 points. But half of those came during garbage time in the fourth quarter, with the score 33-7 and the outcome no longer in doubt.

The Giants had 256 yards of offense against Atlanta. Against Baltimore, they accumulated just 186 -- and 80 of those came on that final, inconsequential drive.

"We did nothing offensively," said coach Tom Coughlin.

Eli Manning completed just 14 of 28 passes, for a paltry 150 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw returned after missing last week's game with a knee injury, but had just nine carries for 39 yards. A week after having just three catches for 15 yards against the Falcons, Victor Cruz had three catches for 21 yards against the Ravens. And Hakeem Nicks was shut out, for the first time in his NFL career.

"I don’t even want to talk about it," said Nicks. When asked if it was something the defense did, Nicks said, "I don’t know what it was."

Bradshaw had a little more to say. "We just didn't come to play today," Bradshaw said. "It was a big game. This was one we needed. They wanted it more than we did."

To be fair, Manning didn't always have a lot of time to make plays. The Ravens applied lots of pressure, with three sacks and nine quarterback hits.

"We couldn't get anything going," said Manning. "The Ravens did a very good job on defense. They put a lot of pressure on me, and they gave us a lot of different looks. They made it hard for us."

Now the Giants have made it very hard for themselves, in terms of making the playoffs. They'll need to beat the Eagles next Sunday, but they'll need some other games to go their way, too.

Last year in Week 16, needing to beat the Jets to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Giants were sparked by a 99-yard touchdown by Cruz.

There were no plays like that in Week 16 this year. Just two weeks after scoring 52 points against the Saints, the Giants' offense has disintegrated.

"What has happened over the course of the last couple of weeks is very difficult to explain," said Coughlin. "We had a resounding win against New Orleans and felt real good about ourselves, and then I have no explanation as to why we're in the position that we're in."

Coach's decision: Run or pass?

December, 22, 2012
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This isn't the Baltimore defense of the past.

Entering Sunday, Baltimore is ranked 26th in yards allowed per game, 22nd in passing yards allowed and 26th in rushing yards. Injuries are a main reason why the Ravens have struggled, but the team still has plenty of solid players on defense that haven't played up to par.

Coming off a 34-0 loss, the Giants offense should be looking for a bounce-back game. The offense has been hit or miss down the stretch, alternating between good and bad weeks. In the last four weeks, the Giants have scored zero, 52, 16 and 38 points. Going by that, the Giants should put up points Sunday.

The big decision will be whether to try to beat the Ravens through the passing game or to try and get the running game going. Baltimore is susceptible to both, and obviously a balanced game is desired, but it seems the Giants tend to have success in just one area.

Running the ball could be a problem this week depending on the health of Ahmad Bradshaw. The veteran is working his way back from a knee sprain and might not be able to shoulder the full load. While David Wilson showed he can run the ball with no problem, the Giants coaching staff still does not fully trust him -- evident in last week's loss when he only received 12 carries despite being the start.

In the passing game, it just hasn't clicked this year. Manning is having a down year after having the best of his career, with just 20 touchdowns through 14 games. In his last four road games, Manning has just one touchdown pass. The Giants just have not been able to get it going on the road in the air.

It also doesn't help that Hakeem Nicks' injuries have slowed him down, and while Victor Cruz has had a great season overall, in the six games of the second half he has just 25 catches for 369 yards and two scores. In the first eight games, Cruz had 54 catches for 650 yards and seven scores. Teams have found ways to limit the damage those two have done down the backstretch.

Baltimore can be scored upon and the Giants are going to need some points to win Sunday. The question is whether they get it done with their passing offense or the rushing offense.

Jaws breaks down Eli

December, 21, 2012
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One year after posting the best numbers of his career, Eli Manning is falling way short of a repeat. With two games left to play, he's thrown nine less touchdowns and 1,343 less passing yards than he did driving the Giants to the Super Bowl in 2011.

ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski broke down the tape of all of Manning's 15 interceptions from this season and believes that the constant shuffling on the Giants roster this year has hurt Manning. The Giants have had three different starting running backs and injuries have limited the receivers.

"The cause I keep coming back to is continuity. Earlier this season, I credited Eli for his ability to overcome adversity and continue to thrive even when injuries cause his surrounding personnel to change," Jaworski writes. "We've seen three different starting running backs for the Giants and a receiving corps that hasn't been fully healthy all season ... and it seems to be affecting Manning's comfort level. Particularly his timing."

QUESTION: What do you think is the cause behind Manning's down year? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Coughlin breaks down loss to Atlanta

December, 17, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin met with the media Monday and broke down the team's 34-0 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Here are some of the points Coughlin harped on, including a rather surprising opinion about the first half of the game.

NOT BAD?: Despite being down 17-0 at the end of the first half, Coughlin wasn't that upset with what he saw.

"To be honest with you, the first half was not bad," Coughlin said.

Coughlin pinned some of the blame on himself, but the Giants couldn't execute. They had two interceptions, a missed field goal, and couldn't convert twice on fourth down. Coughlin said he went for it on fourth down because he wanted to galvanize his squad.

MISSED TACKLES: Defensive tackle Chris Canty said the Giants missed 18 tackles in the game, as they allowed Atlanta to rush for 129 yards on the day. It's a problem that has plagued the Giants in the past.

"It’s frustrating anytime. Defensively and special teams, that’s what you have to do," Coughlin said. "Yesterday, we made a specific point about it because of Michael Turner’s history and the quality of back that he is, but not only that, the size of the receivers and the power and speed in which they play. You had to swarm the ball and get them down right away without allowing them to have a chance to get going."

COMING UP SHORT: The Giants went 0-for-3 on the day in fourth-and-short situations, with David Wilson being stonewalled on 4th-and-1, and Manning throwing two incomplete passes to Victor Cruz and Kregg Lumpkin. Coughlin saw chances to grab the first down, but the Giants couldn't make the play.

"The first short-yardage run, I think we had a chance; a couple things had to happen. We had to combo-block and get off and we didn’t get up on the mike-backer," Coughlin said. "We didn’t really clean the hole out and so it was congested. He just never had a real chance of any kind of day light to squeeze through.

"The other two were passes and the one (to Cruz), there wasn’t real good separation and I don’t know that there was pressure to throw it, but it was thrown. That was an incompletion. Later on, we were trying to go in the right spot (to Lumpkin), but the ball was tipped."

NO PASS RUSH: The Giants had just one sack on the day, courtesy of Canty, and struggled to get close to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. The once vaunted Giants pass rush is now tied for 16th in the league with 32 sacks.

"We’re being well pass-protected. We’re not getting, and when we do get the one-on-one, we don’t seem to be able to get there," Coughlin said. "The rhythm of the throw is gone. The ball is off. Should that be the case consistently? No, of course not. We should have more pressure on the quarterback, but it has not happened for us and so we continue to strive for it to happen."

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