Giants Eli Manning On O-line Getting Need Reps
New York Giants QB Eli Manning spoke to the media Thursday afternoon about Terrel Thomas, Henry Hynoski and preparing for the regular season.
A: …totally smooth and everything going well because you’re already trying new things. You’re experimenting and you’re working on things, but I’ve been pleased with the focus and the energy and the enthusiasm from the guys and hopefully we can continue that. Keep improving throughout the season. It’s not like training camp comes and that’s as good as you’re going to be. You’re going to keep getting better each and every week.
Q: I know he wasn’t out there today practicing, but Hynoski coming off PUP, how big of a move is that for you guys offensively considering it’s been a while since he’s been out there?
A: Yeah. Obviously Henry is a big part of our offense in our running game and knows the offense well. Knows the pass protections. He does a great job. Bear’s been filling that role and, again, Bear has been here a long time and knows the offense very well and does a very good job in knowing everything. We feel like we can run our offense smoothly with whoever’s in there.
Q: Tom just said that Henry does have that special quality because he can do things that other guys can’t at that position. What is that from your perspective? What can he bring to this offense?
A: In our run game, he’s a lead blocker. In pass protection, he does a good job picking up linebackers and blitzers. He does a good job getting into his routes as well and catching the ball on the flat and giving us some plays. He just has a good feel when to do the little things, when to chip as you’re getting out, and has a great understanding of the offense.
Q: What do you think about Terrell Thomas? He’s missed the last two seasons with ACL’s and tomorrow he’s coming back?
A: I’m excited for him and seeing him rehab and go through this, it’s been tough. Hated it for him last year to see him get injured because I know he worked so hard to make a comeback. Hopefully, he can stay healthy. I’m rooting for him and he’s a tremendous player and I’m just pleased to see him out on the field, competing and playing at a high level.
Q: What have you seen of your own defensive backs? This might be the deepest group you guys have had?
A: Yeah. It’s a challenge every day. It’s great for our receivers to go against a good group of guys. Everybody’s a little different. Some of them are speed guys, some of them are bigger, more physical, guys. You’re getting a lot of different looks and a lot of different techniques and it’s great for our passing game, for us to get work against a quality group.
Q: Your offensive line has been juggled twice in the last two days. How eager and how curious are you to see them get in this game action and get a lot of snaps?
A: Yeah, I think you have to try to find the positives in everything when you’re moving guys around. You want guys who are very versatile and can play different spots. Through the course of the season you’re going to have guys in and out a little bit. You’re going to have some injuries and guys are going to have to step in and fill those roles. We’re going to get a lot of work and I think it will be a great test for these guys. The Jets are a talented defense and show a number of looks and we’re all going to have to be on the same page in knowing who we’re blocking. Block the guys well, so we can run our offense successfully.
Q: You don’t want to get used to throwing to someone in the slot other than Victor, I’m sure, but until he’s back, have you been kind of waiting for Jerrel Jernigan, like everyone else has, to kind of show you what they were thinking when they drafted him?
A: Yeah, Jerrel has worked hard and he’s showed some promising days where he does a lot of good things. He’s got good quickness. I think it’s been good for him to obviously watch Victor and how he does some of the things and makes good decisions in the slot. I’m excited about him tomorrow and hopefully he can have a good day for us. Again, the more weapons you can have on offense in moving different guys around and getting them in mismatches, the better off we’ll be.
Q: Do you think he can be one?
A: I hope so. I think he has the skill level to go out there with great quickness and speed and is making good decisions and route running. We should be able to run our offense very efficiently with him out there.
Q: Do you trust him? You have to trust the guy especially in the slot.
A: Yeah, I think obviously we’ve done some work, but game time is the best thing you can get for a receiver who you have limited playing time with. You have to get him in live action. See what he can do and get open and make some plays for us.
Q: Are you surprised with how quiet things have been? I mean this is Giants-Jets. Last couple of years there’s been a lot of buzz about that game.
A: It’s always a big game. Most times it’s the third preseason game. The starters are going to play a bunch. It’s an important game for us to go out there and try to play well and we’ll try to do that against a good team.
Q: They are starting a rookie quarterback. It’s been a long time for you, but do you feel a little bit for a rookie trying to process everything so quickly going into his first start?
A: Yeah. We have a rookie quarterback also. I’ve been working with him and this week things seem simple and all of a sudden, it’s Jet week and you get a lot of different looks in their personnel and alignments. For the rookies there’s a lot going on and a lot of things can get blended in together. You just try to work with them and teach them and get some plays that they feel comfortable with and get them in a good rhythm.
Q: Do you have to make any adjustments with a different center?
A: No, Jimmy’s (Cordle) done a good job and got a good number of snaps with him this spring, with Baas being out. I feel comfortable getting the snaps and he has a great knowledge of the offense in making the calls. I never really had to make any adjustments.
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