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Post-Game Transcript: Quarterback Eli Manning

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/9/2018 11:47 pm
Quarterback Eli Manning
Postgame vs Browns
August 9, 2018

Q:† Excited the way things started, right?
A: Yeah, started off with a nice run to get things started. Hopefully more to come.

Q: Seems like thereís a lot to improve on.
A: Yeah, thereís always going to be a lot to improve on. Thatís why you play the preseason games. New offense, a lot of new pieces. I think every series, every play is important to learn from. We got to look at the film hard. Thereís a lot of places we can improve. Some of it is just making plays, but also just fundamentals, and just make sure weíre doing the little things correctly.

Q: How did things go with the new offensive line?
A: I think it went well. I thought everybody was on the same page Ė making some calls, making some checks, changing some protections, and everything. I think everybody is doing the right things. No delay of games or those types of things. I thought the communication went smoothly. Now, itís just cleaning some things up. We left some plays out there.

Q: What happened on the one play you got sacked? Looked like the defender came unblocked.
A: They had a little game up front, and they had a little twist going. We just got to look at it and try to get that picked up.

Q: How much of the offense was at your disposal tonight? Did you guys use the entire playbook?
A: I donít know. Itís always a quick game plan for the first game. You kind of have one day where you practice first and watch Cleveland and kind of practice towards them. Itís not a whole lot of exact game plan in form. But the offense is in, and we had some opportunities to make some plays.

Q: On the run by (RB) Saquon (Barkley) to open the game, was it his patience that allowed that hole to open up? Or, was it more so by play design?
A: Itís just a run. Letís not go beserk, yet. It was a good run. The offensive line blocked things well, he had a good cutback. It was a good play.

Q; Were you able to learn anything about this group in an uncontrolled situation for the first time?
A: I thought there were some good things. We made some adjustments. Again, everyone was on the same page. We just got to work from here. Now, we got to look at it and see where we can make some improvements and make some plays next time.

Q: Obviously he didnít play, but did (WR) Odell (Beckham Jr.) look healthy to you during pregame warmups?
A: Odell is healthy, heís ready to go. Heís been practicing, heís been doing everything. Itíll be good to continue to get him out there at practices, eventually get him out in some games, and get going.

Q: What do you guys look to accomplish in Detroit during the joint practice with the Lions?
A: I think thatíll be great. Just going against a new defense. Kind of getting unscripted looks, and you have to adjust, you kind of test their rules. Itís different when youíre going against our defense. Now, we got a feel for what they like to do, and this and that. Going against new guys, new techniques, new style of defense. I think itís going to be a great learning experience for us. We got to go out there and keep improving. We still got a long way to go before that first real game. So, we got to get better and make strides each and every week.
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