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Talking about football to three or four dozen attentive young players is
something the New York Giants quarterback enjoys, whether the topic is
hydration, catching passes, doing things in practice so they become second
nature in games, focusing or simply just getting better.
Manning doesn’t talk very long. He gets his thoughts across and gets to the
stuff he wants to do. He gets a ball from the coaches at the Offense-Defense
camp at Kean University and starts throwing little seam routes to players.
After a water break, there is a 7-on-7 drill and Manning hooks up with a
receiver deep for a touchdown that will be someone’s lifetime memory.
”It’s fun to see them get ready for their upcoming season,” the 37-year-old
Manning said. ”They are out here practicing trying to get better and it’s fun.
Hey, I was that kid not too long ago. You kind of still feel you are that kid in
the sense of getting ready to go play a game and play football and improve.
”For these guys it’s not about going to college. It’s about being a good high
school player. Hey, I want to be a good NFL player. It’s whatever league you are
By Manning’s count, he will be starting his 23rd training camp when the
Giants report for workouts in roughly two weeks. It will be his 15th season with
New York, and this one should be interesting.
The Giants have a new coach in Pat Shurmur Jake
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Manning knows there are going to be a lot of questions. Can the team overcome
last year’s 3-13 record that led to the firing of Ben McAdoo and the hiring of
Shurmur? Can they get back to the playoffs? Can he still function being closer
to 40 than 30?
They are legitimate questions, but Manning is more concerned with today.
”I am not concerned with two years or how long I play, I am concerned about
this year,” Manning said.
”I am focused and excited about having a great year this year, making good
decisions, running this offense, getting our team ready. That’s the focus.
That’s the concern. That’s all. I am excited about it. It’s good when you are
not worried about the hoopla and all the other things going on. I am worried
about doing my job and winning football games.”
Manning has been getting ready for this camp like any other. Training has
become a year-round job and the techniques are different.
When he was a youngster in New Orleans, hydrating meant going for a swim and
drinking a soda. Now, the hydration starts a week before camp begins. Liquid is
taken before, during and after practice, something that he imparts to the
players as a spokesman for Gatorade the past 14 years.
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”That’s the great thing about football,” Manning said. ”What you did last
year doesn’t matter, whether good or bad. It’s all about what you can do this
year. I am excited about the guys we have, the new coaches. I have been texting
with the guys and everyone is excited to get rolling and see what we can do this
The new offense should be interesting. The line seemingly has been solidified
with the addition of left tackle Nate Solder and guard Will Hernandez, the
second-round draft pick. Running back Saquon Barkley, the second overall pick,
has the potential to be a game breaker.
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off a broken ankle that ended his
season in early October, has looked good in some videos from California, where
he has been running around shirtless with fellow wide out Sterling Shepard and
Barkley making one-handed catches.
”I know they will have to make some adjustments. We do practice with our
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Manning said the Giants worked hard in the offseason and he is excited to see
what happens this year.
The Miami Dolphins appear ready to move on without their defensive
Miami is discussing releasing five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh when
the NFL's new year begins Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said
Monday. The person said nothing has been finalized, and confirmed the
conversations to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the
Dolphins have not commented.
The Dolphins are also expected to release veteran linebacker Lawrence
Timmons, the person said.
Suh's release is anticipated unless he agrees to a significant contract
restructuring, which is unlikely. He signed a $114 million, six-year deal with
the Dolphins when he joined them in 2015, and his base salary this year would be
"Stay tuned," Suh said in a video posted on Twitter. "There will be some
exciting news going on."
The 305-pound Suh clogs the middle and usually draws double teams, but he's
not a playmaker and has had only 15陆 sacks in three years with Miami. He has a
reputation for needless penalties and dirty play, while his aloof personality
raised questions about his leadership.
His anticipated departure would be the latest move in an attempt to change
the locker room culture under Adam Gase, who heads into his third season as
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clashed at times with both.
And then there's Timmons. He joined the Dolphins a year ago, went AWOL on the
eve of the opener, was briefly suspended and returned to have a poor season.
Suh, 31, has never won a playoff game, and with him last year, Miami finished
14th in run defense and 26th in sacks last year. He had 4 1/2 sacks and 48
tackles for the Dolphins, who went 6-10.
Suh was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 by the Detroit Lions. He has
been a model of durability, missing only two games in his eight-year