Monday, June 11, 2012
Eli ready to work with rookies in minicamp
By Ohm Youngmisuk
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Eli Manning is ready to get minicamp going and continue the growth process for the young rookie additions to his offense.
The Giants begin veterans minicamp on Tuesday. For Manning, it’s three consecutive days of practices to get rookies like running back David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle valuable training before the team takes more than a month off before training camp opens in Albany at the end of July.
“Usually what we do with a lot of the young guys, a lot has been thrown out at them in these last three weeks, a lot practice-wise,” Manning said at an appearance at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic at Mt. Kisco Country Club. “Minicamp is one last time to start from the get-go, review a lot, so they have one more time to hear everything introduced and they can really start to understand our offense and learn what we are trying to do and what the rules are on certain things.”
Manning said that Wilson and Randle have been working hard to learn the offense.
Minicamp should be another step in the right direction for not just Wilson and Randle but other rookies like tight end Adrien Robinson, who has missed OTAs while finishing school at Cincinnati. Robinson is expected to participate in all of minicamp.
“We can throw it all at them one more time for a few days and then give them a little break and then come back in training camp and start all fresh,” Manning said. “And they will have some sort of idea of what we are trying to do.”
Manning also wants the offense to improve on being a more consistent unit and reduce turnovers this coming season.
“There are still too many turnovers,” said Manning, who threw 16 interceptions last season, down from 25 during the 2010 season. “Get those down. That is something we can definitely improve on.”
“I think our third down has to be better than what it has been,” Manning added. “We can be a little more consistent throughout the whole game. We have a lot of fourth-quarter victories, come from behind, which is nice to have. But it also means you didn’t play real well the first three quarters. So we can be a little consistent.”
Manning spent the day before minicamp supporting a cause he is passionate about -- the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization. Guiding Eyes is a nonprofit guide dog school founded in 1954.
“Guiding Eyes has grown and each and every year and it has helped out more people, and now it has moved on to helping kids with autism,” Manning said.
“You get to meet a lot of families whose lives have been impacted and been made better because of Guiding Eyes,” Manning added. “Seeing kids' and families’ lives made better because their child can have a dog that will always be on the lookout and always being able to help them lead a happier life makes it worthwhile.”