The New York Giants are heading into year No. 2 under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and quarterback Eli Manning is coming off of one of his best career seasons.
Speaking about the Giants current system, Manning discussed how prepared he is to face the 2015 campaign (via the team’s official website):
“This year, I understand the concepts. I’m still working on it, but I’m concentrating on the footwork and the mechanics and the timing of everything. It was great to have that this year and kind of get back to the basics of everything. I feel comfortable, I feel real good right now.”
Manning has also had the opportunity to make minor tweaks in the offense during the offseason, which will make for further improvement this year:
“It was important having this last month — watching the film, talking a lot about the mechanics, the footwork, being able to go outside with him and working on a lot of drill work. A lot of it is stuff I wasn’t able to do last year. I was coming off the ankle surgery, I had a new offense — of lot of things going through the mind, trying to figure out concepts.”
Imagine the 11-year veteran being more improved. In 2014, Manning completed a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes and boasted an impressive 30:14 touchdown to interception ratio. Additionally, Manning finished the season with 4,410 passing yards which was his his second-best mark. That’s quite the impressive line of stats considering Manning’s horrific 2013 performance.
Much of Manning’s 2014 success was a credit to the emergence of rookie star wideout Odell Beckham Jr., who is utterly a freak of nature. For 2015, Manning should have a healthy wide receiver in Victor Cruz, who is healing from patellar tendon surgery he underwent early last season.
Manning, OBJ and Cruz will be a mighty force ready to challenge opposing defenses this year. And on a team that has obvious defensive holes, the trio is a much-needed group.
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