It was a sight that nobody expected to see this early, but there he was. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning shocked pretty much everybody by getting some work in at OTAs this past week.
Manning had surgery to repair his lingering ankle injury seven weeks ago. He was supposedly going to be sidelined until training camp, forcing the Giants to scour the free agent market for a couple more backup quarterback possibilities. Sure enough, Manning seems to be less of a concern than initially believed.
Maybe Eli’s early return shouldn’t shock us at all. After all, the ten-year veteran simply cannot be shackled to the sidelines. Manning has not missed a game since taking over as the Giants’ starting quarterback way back in 2004. He has started 151 consecutive games, which is currently the longest streak for any active NFL player.
The Giants can have their concerns about Manning’s performance last season but one thing is for sure, he will do everything he can to be out on the gridiron every day, trying to iron out the wrinkles.
It is especially important this offseason because of the turnover expected with a new offensive coordinator. Ben McAdoo is implementing a new offense and Manning surely wants to get all the reps in he can. When a seasoned veteran, who has been through the battles, is out there working and learning it should very well rub off on some of Manning’s younger and less-experienced teammates.