Quarterback Eli Manning
August 15, 2018
Joint Practice with Detroit†
Q: How do you think these joint practices have gone so far?
A: I think they have gone well, itís just good work. To practice against a different style, different theme to their defense, get into different situations, third down, the red zone where teams play different coverages than our defense plays, so we got some work. The ball is going to different guys and everybody is getting through their progressions, and so I think it has been great work, good to mix things up and go against different guys.
Q: What are your impressions of the Lions defense and secondary?
A: Theyíre good in the secondary, they have some good players. They did a good job with different looks, the have guys in the right spots and they did a good job at making some plays.
Q: Odell seemed to have a good day yesterday, I know you have worked after practice because you said you wanted to catch up with him, you think you guys are there?
A: Yeah, we are getting there. We still have some work to do, but I thought he has done a good job the last few weeks getting his feel back. Knowing how to work guys in man, give a little extra move and trusting his body and everything. I think heís getting back into his own and getting comfortable on the field again.
Q; He seems like a guy who when he sees a different color jersey he ramps it up a little bit?
A: Yeah,† Iím sure he gets competitive, I think thatís everybody. When you go against some new faces everybody gets amped up a little bit and you want to go out there and play well.
Q: When you and Odell spend time after practice, obviously itís not physical stuff, is it what you want to see, what he wants to see, certain things like that?
A: Instead of just saying, ĎHereís a route, run itĎ, itís ĎHereís a route, this is the coverage, this is the techniqueí. So, you make sure he is seeing things the same way, so we are expecting the same thing, so you can coach it up after. Itís not just íHey run this routeí,† youíre running some things you havenít run as much, some new plays to make sure we are good with the depths of things and the angles coming out of breaks.
Q: (Jaguars CB) Jalen Ramsey made a comment that at this point in your career you are only a good quarterback because of your connection with Odell Beckham do you have comment on that?
A: No... Who? (laughing)
Q: How do you feel in this offense?† You are going into your 15th season, running a new offense, do you feel you have command of it?
A: I feel good, but I still have work to do. I think itís great going against a different defense, and different coverages. It tests your progressions, getting through things and making good decisions. I feel very comfortable but there is always room to grow.
Q: This is not a game obviously, but does it help just in case you donít play in a lot of pre-season games?
A: It definitely helps just to get those reps and obviously itís not a game, youíre not getting hit but you are going against different coverages, different looks. Third down they have a special package and you come in totally unprepared for it and you have to make adjustments. I think itís a test in the sense that youíre running a play in games against un-scouted looks and we have to know our rules and assignments. It does make it a little extra competitive and thatís good.
Q: How valuable is it when you see a guy like (Lions CB) Darius Slay against Odell? How much does that help Odell get ready for game action?
A: I think it helps Ė and not just going against Odell. Itís the other guys as well. Seeing what Cody Latimer and some of our new guys can do against a good corner, and see if they can win. So, itís not just testing Odell. Itís testing all the guys to see what they do versus a quality opponent.
Q: If you donít have Saquon (Barkley) out on the practice field, is he ready to play?
A: Obviously, reps are still important at this time. I think heís doing a good job kind of mentally going through it. But, itís different. Obviously, itís different going through something mentally, and going out there and doing it. I think heís shown that he knows what heís doing. Heís been sharp on his assignments, and his routes, and catching the ball, and all of those things. Hopefully, we get him back sooner than later.
Q: How much does Jalen Ramseyís comments affect you guys? They are your week one opponent.
A: I hadnít heard anything about it. I got work to do. Iím going to be excited about week one no matter what.
Q: Have you noticed any jumps in the play of Darius Slay?
A: I know heís a good player. I havenít gone against him. Heís smart, heís smooth, he can play man, he knows all the coverages, and knows when to jump things, but smart about it. Iíve been impressed with his play the last couple of years.
Q: Evan Engram had a few drops last season. What advice or what help did you give him during the offseason to fix that problem?
A: Drops obviously bother you, but I always think that the guys are trying to catch it. I think part of it is just being tired. The stress of a long season, and everything going through it. I think itís the focus can kind of disappear a little bit. So, I think heís talented, heís working on it. I think itís good you work on it, and have more that you want to improve on. But, donít make it a mental block or something youíre thinking about, or getting anxious about or worried about. I try not to bring it up too much, and just say, ĎHey,† just keep getting open, doing the right routes, doing the right things, weíll keep throwing to you, and youíll make those playsĎ.
Q:How much improvement have you seen in that regard?
A: Itís been good. Itís been smooth, heís catching the ball. I think heís got a lot better, and been good at camp. So hopefully, he continues to do it throughout the season.
Q: Did you say anything to Davis Webb about channeling his nerves and playing in a more relaxed way?
A: No, he didnít need me to say anything Ė heís ready. We always talk about the game plan, and this and that. I donít need to say anything specific, heíll be fine.†