QB Eli Manning
September 7, 2015
Q: I’m sure you’ve heard about JPP eventually coming in today and getting his physical and reporting. What’s your reaction and how much can you guys use him?
A: Well, we’ll see how everything goes and when he can get back to playing. So, still a lot of uncertainty. We’ve just got to focus on getting ready for the Cowboys and going out there, everybody doing their job. When he can come back and join us, that’ll be great.
Q: Is there a timeframe in your mind regarding JPP, that if you don’t see him in the second day of practice, you would count him out for Sunday night?
A: Again, just wait and see. I don’t know how he’s feeling. Obviously, he wasn’t out there today. So I think you just plan and prepare as if he won’t be out there. If he can back and practice this week—great. If not, we’ll just keep going forward and wait until he gets back.
Q: You personally are not concerned how quickly he can get it together?
A: Right, yeah. So just a matter of what Coach wants to do and himself. He missed the last few weeks, I think probably wants to get back and get him a few days or a full week of practice before he goes. Whatever he and Coach decide, we’ll adjust and make it work.
Q: I know he plays on the other side of the ball, but as a leader on this team, how can other players help assimilate someone who missed that much time to everything that you guys are doing?
A: Well, obviously just welcome him back and try to get him caught up to speed. It’s a new defensive system for us. Try to get him up to date on that. Obviously, it’s a locker room, it’s a close group, close-knit group. We’ll welcome him back and he’s a part of the team. Get him back and support him in his process to getting back to playing.
Q: This is obviously a little different situation than most. Is this something that has to be addressed with the team or try to act as business as usual?
A: It’s just business. You get a guy who’s back, he’s been here. He’s made plays. Obviously, circumstances occur, but we welcome everybody back. Hopefully he can come back and be healthy and play some good football for us.
A: Hopefully we can give him a boost. Hopefully, we just keep going. And hey, it’s time to play football. We’ve got Dallas this week, if that’s not a boost enough—we’ve got the first upcoming game, I don’t know what will get these guys going.
Q: Your personal contract situation, six days until the season starts, are you disappointed there hasn’t been a resolution yet?
A: No. Again, my focus is on getting ready, playing at a high level. Now it’s all about getting ready for Dallas.