Thursday, September 5, 2013
Eli Manning report: Wary of Ware
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Unlike their cross-market rivals down in Florham Park, the New York Giants have yet to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's season opener. That's because they've known theirs for years. So, while he's not a headline-maker in New York, here are a couple of tidbits from Giants quarterback Eli Manning's weekly session with reporters, which took place here Wednesday:
Does the Dallas Cowboys' change from a 3-4 defensive front to a 4-3 affect the way you prepare for Sunday's game?
Eli Manning: I don't think it affects the way you approach it. There's still a lot of studying and preparation and watching a lot of film. It's still a matter of execution and blocking up DeMarcus Ware and running good routes off their cornerbacks, throwing the ball accurately, running the ball, being physical. So it's the same preparation. They might be lined up a little different. DeMarcus Ware might be called a defensive end now instead of an outside linebacker, but it doesn't change a whole lot.
Does it feel like you've been going up against Ware for a long time?
EM: Yeah. He's a guy, you have to know where he is. He does a good job getting to the quarterback and causing problems. He's a tremendous player, and I'm sure I've been sacked by him more than anybody else. Hopefully we can control him enough so he's not making tons of plays and creating turnovers and we can get the ball downfield and hit some big plays of our own.
Are you enjoying having your full complement of receivers, with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz both healthy and practicing?
EM: Yeah, feeling good. Obviously, those guys have made a lot of plays for us over the years and they practice hard and do a lot of good things. Every day at practice, we're working to get better, and having those guys out there obviously is going to help us do that.