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Monday, May 5, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Eli on the mend?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Phase 2 of the New York Giants' offseason workout program begins today, which means after two weeks of nothing but strength and conditioning work, the team's offense and defense can line up (without pads) and go through drills (against no one) under the supervision of the full coaching staff. Giants quarterback Eli Manning will still be only a spectator as he continues to rehab from ankle surgery. But Eli's brother Peyton Manning said at a Yankees game on Sunday that Eli is coming along well. Per the Daily News:
According to Manning’s older brother Peyton, the Giants’ franchise cornerstone has already started throwing the football. Both Manning brothers were guests in Derek Jeter’s suite at Yankee Stadium for the Bombers game against the Rays on Sunday.

“He feels good,” Peyton Manning said of Eli. “He was doing some light throwing the other day, obviously just kind of upper-body stuff.”

I wouldn't make too much of it. Eli Manning is likely to be a quick healer, and my guess is he'll be back on the field toward the earlier end of his initial recovery timetable -- possibly even for part of the June minicamp. And I'm sure Manning and the Giants are all eager to get him on the field and running Ben McAdoo's offense as quickly as possible. But it's May 5, and the Giants and Manning are smart enough to know that the right moves are the ones that have him at full strength in September, with no setbacks along the way.