QB Eli Manning
June 14, 2016
Q: Good to have Victor Cruz back out there today?
A: Yeah, it was good to see Victor back out there on the field, and running routes and getting back out there in the mix a little bit, so hopefully there is more to come and get him out there in some live action.
Q: Are you cautious in your optimism with what happened last year?
A: No, I think we are optimistic and hopefully --- Iím just excited for him, excited for him to get back out there, and I know he has had a long journey and just keep waiting for him to get on the field, get back into action and catching touchdowns again.
Q: We asked Odell what would it be like for a healthy Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard developing. He just put his hands up to signal a touchdown. Are you excited about the potential there?
A: Yeah, you get excited with the more weapons that you have and versatile guys, which those three guys are. You can move them around and put them in different spots, so I am excited for Sterling coming around and starting to make some plays. It will be good to get Victor back in the mix, obviously, for training camp, having him back out there making plays and seeing how he can help us out.
Q: Did you know going into this morning that Victor would be out there making some catches?
A: I did not know. I didnít know what the plan was for him, so it was good to see him out there and doing some routes and going through some of the walkthroughs with a good little pace. It was good to see him in the mix and obviously he has been around, he knows the offense, but getting him back out there and going through all the checks and going through seeing coverages and obviously making plays against the defense, it has been a while, so I know he is excited about doing that.
Q: What do you think of the music?
A: Yeah, I think it is good. Honestly, sometimes once practice is going I donít really notice it. If you ask me what songs were played, you sort of hear some during stretch and during some of the breaks, but once practice is going you are able to tune it out, but I think it is good, it always brings the energy up for practice.
Q: What do you think the biggest difference is between a McAdoo practice and Coughlin practice?
A: I donít know. I think when it comes to practices, I have my job to do and I think it is about being sharp for practice and going through your assignments and trying to get it right, so from that sense, I donít think it is a whole lot different.
Q: Do you notice Odell being more of a leader?
A: Iím not in his meeting room. I think he is a guy who is going to know what he is doing, and I see him talking with the young guys on the side, so I think he is more confident in the offense and knowing exactly what he is doing, what everybody is doing, so he has to know that guys are going to look up to him and the young guys are going to see how he practices and how he conducts himself on and off the field and follow him. I think he is a great example on the field and in practice and in preparation of how he goes about his business. He goes full go every rep and that is what you want young guys to see and follow that lead.
Q: What do you think of the team? What is your overall impression?
A: I think we have done some good work so far. The defense has some playmakers and has added some guys who are good football players and some guys that are back that are good players. I think they are fast and are making some plays. Offensively, we have some young guys who are stepping up and starting to understand the offense, understand everything, so you get less and less mental mistakes of the young guys who are getting in there, but for the most part, I think it has been sharp on both sides of the ball.
Q: I heard McAdoo has moved the in-season day off from Monday to Tuesday. What is your reaction to that?
A: We have to see. We havenít gotten there yet, so I think it is all about getting the players rest and having them get their recovery on Monday, getting sleep after the game and getting a jump start on Tuesday with some walkthroughs and meetings and kind of get a head start in the mental preparation of it.
Q: When you have seen everything and done everything, does this minicamp feel any different?
A: I think just being the third year in the offense for me makes a difference, just the comfort level of just plays coming in and knowing my assignments, knowing my checks, knowing what I am looking for and everybody. It is not everybody making faster adjustments, you are not having to make the mistake first before you correct it, kind of getting it right the first time. I feel more comfortable and, I think, playing faster and making better decisions.
Q: Where do you see the offense this season compared to the last two seasons?
A: I think we still have a couple young guys at the receiver position that we need to step up and are still learning, still growing a lot, but besides that, there are a lot of veterans that have been in the offense for a couple of years and are very comfortable and are playmakers and know what they are doing and are playing fast, but I think we have some talented guys at receiver, just not a whole lot of playing experience for some of them, and you will see their growth as the season goes on.
Q: Are you doing the same things in the spring that you did last year?
A: How you install the offense is the same. There are probably a few new things that we have added over the years that we like, that kind of get installed. Some of the things with different checks that you might get to. Sometimes I might get to a check that technically they say, ĎHey, that play hasnít been installed yet.í Well, I say, ĎIt is installed in my mindí, so I am getting into things and expecting the young guys to know it, so I think you are probably a little more advantageous because of what you know and what you like to get into with certain looks.
Q: Your name is never in any off-field stuff. Have you ever talked with Odell about all of that?
A: No, I mean, hey, I am 35 and he is 24, so that is the reason why I am staying out of Page Six and he is in it. No, I enjoy reading it because it is good material to joke around with.