"We get into some real practices next week," Manning said at a Guiding Eyes for the Blind event on Monday night. "So hopefully as we get kind of into those live going-against-a-defense practices, he will get back in so we can get back to work.”
Cruz wants a long-term extension but the two sides have been apart in negotiations thus far. Cruz does not have to attend the team's OTA practices/workouts since they are voluntary, but the team will hold a mandatory veteran's minicamp next month.
Does Manning have a sense of what Cruz will do? "No, I don't," the quarterback said.
Manning and the Giants had a voluntary practice session Monday and the quarterback was pleased with "the commitment and energy." He also got to spend time with rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib on the practice field and in the meeting room.
"Seems like a good kid and talented," Manning said. "Got to see just a few games of film while he was at Syracuse. He is working hard and doing everything he can to learn the system and get up to speed on everything. Look forward to having him in the meeting room and getting to know him."