QB Eli Manning
August 7, 2013
Q: Did you get a lot of reaction from your commercial?
A: Yeah. It was playing a little bit in the locker room. I think a lot of the guys were surprised about it and so it got some laughs. I got some heat for it as well.
Q: What was it like watching it for the first time?
A: We had fun. Peyton and I had fun doing the skit and obviously it got a lot of laughs togetherÖ just every time we kind of looked at each other and wondered what we were doing. We got some laughs, so it was a fun day.
Q: Do you think this is going to lead into a second career?
A: No. I think Iíll stay with my day job and keep playing football for as long as possible; a one hit wonder probably.
Q: Did you have a favorite line?
A: No. It was all fun and for a few hours I just said Iíll go with the flow here and see what happens and hopefully it will turn out well and I thought it turned out well.
Q: Just one day in New Orleans?
A: Yeah. Just one day, a few hours and knocked it out pretty quickly.
Q: You were in full makeup.
A: Yeah, a lot of makeup. Just kept it on for four or five hours doing the commercial and take it off and back to normal life and try not to think about it.
Q: There were a lot of funny lines. Did you have to do a lot of takes like when you went through the painting?
A: No. The painting was a one and done. I had a couple of alternate lines we tried out, but it was pretty quick. We kind of knew the lines going in and obviously had a lot of different scenes, so we were pretty quick and we werenít laughing. We kind of took everything pretty seriously and got it done fairly quickly.
Q: What was the best reaction from one of your teammates?
A: Itís just been funny. I guess the song is a little catchy and just a few guys going through the cafeteria line and they donít even know Iím behind them and theyíre kind of humming the song or the words. Thatís it. Theyíre kind of just going around and just singing the song every once in a while.
Q: Have they asked you to sing it?
A: No. I havenít sung it. They havenít asked me, so Iím glad it hasnít been on any team meeting or on any of the TVs. On a few phones theyíve been playing it a little bit, but I usually kind of walk out if I see it playing.
Q: What do you expect out of the first preseason game?
A: I just want to go out there and have however many series we get and just be able to run our offense efficiently, be able to run the ball, throw the ball well, make good decisions, make sure guys are in the right spots. Obviously, weíve been practicing for a number of weeks and now go against a new defense, a new style of defense, a 3-4 team, and so just make sure everybody is on the same page or that weíre effective and weíre able to have some good drives.
Q: How can you tell that Brandon Meyers will be an integral part of your offense?
A: I think Brandon obviously had a lot of catches last year. He is smart. He is kind of learning this offense that is completely different from what heís been used to. There are a few things, thereís some teaching points, but heís starting to understand it. Heís starting to comprehend everything and heís doing a good job of getting open. He is athletic. He runs good routes. He catches the ball well, so hopefully he can be a big part of this offense and get us a bunch of catches.
Q: Can you tell how things are coming along with Brandon?
A: Weíve been through this a few times with some new tight ends over the years and Brandon is working hard. You can tell heís passionate about football and doing the right things and having a great understanding. He works hard during practice and meetings asking questions. Heís doing everything right and I think heís done a great job so far in getting open versus our defense, making good reads, and so itís all coming around and obviously the more times you run plays and get different looks and have different reactions and doing the right thing, you coach it up and heíll continue to get stronger and stronger, but heís off to a great start and looking forward to a big year from him.
Q: Can you talk about the receiving corps and how deep the team is at that position?
A: Iíve been proud of our guys at receiver. Victor has come in and had a great camp so far doing a lot of good things, but Rueben RandleÖ A lot of talk has been about Rueben and heís gotten a lot of reps and has really stepped up and has great talent. Louis Murphy is another guy who we brought in this offseason and heís done really well at route running. Heís got a lot of speed and has been catching the ball well and understanding the offense and so you can see his dedication. Obviously, Hakeem, having him back and yesterday kind of the first practice in a whileÖ Itís good to have him in the mix getting comfortable and having him full stride. So Iíve been impressed with the receivers and I think we have a strong group of guys who practice hard, theyíre focused, theyíre serious about doing the right things and theyíre smart and have a great understanding of what weíre trying to do and it should be good.
Q: Where has Randle made the most strides?
A: I think just kind of an understanding of our offense. He always had the natural ability. You tell him to run a go route or run a comeback and he can do those things. But now kind of understanding concepts and sometimes youíve got to run a certain route a certain way to get someone else open and understanding zones, whether itís man or what to do or zone or what to do. If itís two-man versus two-zoneÖ All the different reads and adjustments to his routes, those types of things is where heís made strides and so I think he understands it, therefore heís playing faster. Heís more sure of himself. Iím more confident in what heís doing in reading his body language, so just having a better understanding of everything going on.
G Chris Snee
August 7, 2013
Re: Eli-Peyton Direct TV video
Itís good. They had to be cracking each other up the entire time they were making that. It was good, Iíll give it to them.
Q: Did you make a T-shirt of the SNL one?
A: I didnít. I forgot about it, to be honest with you. Thanks for reminding me.
Q: What did you say to Eli about it?
A: I just asked him how much they actually laughed. How many takes they had to do and he said they had a lot of fun with it, which Iím sure they did.
Q: Usually, when those two guys are together in commercials, itís usually Peyton stealing the show. In this one, it seemed like Eli really was the star of this commercial.
A: They were both good, but youíre right. Changing it up a little bit, I guess. I donít know.
Q: Have you ever heard him rap?
A: No, no. Never heard Eli sing, period. When he controls the radio, itís usually country or something nobody really wants to listen to besides him.
Q: What did you think of Eliís performance?
A: I thought he did well. It was funny. I knew nothing about it until I came into the locker room, but guys were laughing watching it on their phones. Then I saw it and now itís all over the TV. It was pretty funny.
Q: Do you have a favorite line?
A: I just laugh at the way he looks. No favorite lines yet. Iím sure Iíll listen to it more closely.
Q: Can you tell or have a feel for how quickly someone on the team thatís not at your position is picking up the offense? Like for example, Brandon (Mosley), can you tell how heís adjusting to the offense and how heís picking things up?
A: Can I tell?
Q: What can you only really tell from your position Ö type thing?
A: Yeah, I mean I can tell. Just by watching how quickly heís moving. More of like an understanding you have of the offense, youíre able to be more comfortable and just play football. Brandonís coming along well. He still has a lot of stuff to learn. He didnít get all of those reps last year in practice. Heís pretty much in the same situation that Pugh and Herman are.
Q: Iím sorry. Brandon Myers is who I meant, not Brandon Mosley.
A: It seems like he has a good understanding when it comes to blocking assignments and things like that. He has a guy in David Diehl who talks to him quite a bit. Itís good to have a guy next to you that knows everything that is going on.
Q: How did you come through yesterday, physically?
A: Good. It felt good to be out there and working a little bit. Iíll probably do the same today.
Q: Any team today? Or just individuals again?
A: I think itís going to be pretty much the same.
P Steve Weatherford
August 7, 2013
Q: Whatís your impression of ďfootball on your phoneĒ?
A: It was awesome. Itís good to see Peyton in a different light. We see, maybe not to that extreme every day, but heís a funny guy and I donít think a lot of people know how quirky and funny he is. I thought it was awesome.
Q: You mean Eli?
A: Yeah, yeah, sorry. Both guys. But actually, when watching the video, surprisingly, I think, itís a consensus that Peyton is a little bit more outgoing, a little bit more outspoken, but I thought Eli stole the show there. I thought it was awesome.
Q: What do you think of his acting abilities?
A: Heís good at whatever he does, man. Iím just a little jealous.
Q: You have a favorite line?
A: When he jumped out of Alexander Graham Bellís portrait, ďwho cares? (dudeís) dead!Ē I think we probably had as much fun with it in the locker room as all the media, all the fans did because nobody sees him in that light. It was fun. It was a lot of fun for everyone I think.
Q: Are guys singing down the halls now?
A: Everybody. Itís not getting annoying yet though. I donít assume it will for at least a week.
Q: What about game one, just a chance to stop playing each other, to get out there against an opponent. Is this a good opportunity?
A: Yeah. Itís really difficult, especially as far as the trench playís concerned, to see where guys are at exactly. Itís a lot easier to see where wide receivers are and defensive backs and quarterbacks but as far as the big boys, this will be a good barometer for where weíre at there. I think, just watching practice and being in the meetings and hearing the coachesí feedback on everything, our defense looks amazing. So, it will be interesting to see them actually go against somebody that they can be real physical with because weíre trying our best out here to try and take care of each other, as hard as that is because youíve got guys competing for positions on this team. Iím really looking forward to it.
Q: How is Josh Brown fitting in with you and DeOssie?
A: Heís doing great. Iíve known him for a few years, heís a hard working guy that comes early and stays late and fits in well with the plans that coach Coughlin and coach Quinn have for special teams. Heís not a guy that makes a lot of waves, heís a professional, heís been doing this for a long time so heís fitting in really well.