John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants’ 2013 season was one of insult and injury. They’ve gotten over the insults, given themselves a facelift and now are working their way back from the injuries. Yesterday, many of those players waxed optimistic about their health for the 2014 season.
“No doubt, no doubt. I’m going to go out there and play the game like I was 21 again. This whole offseason I’ve just been training and thinking that I want to get back on the football field. It’s coming.” – DE Jason Pierre-Paul on if he’ll be the player he was before back and shoulder ailments slowed him down.
“I’m 100 percent, ready to go. My knee feels great. I’m just excited to be back in this building, back smelling this grass again and being around you beautiful people so I’m excited.” – WR Victor Cruz, recovering from knee surgery.
“Right now I’m trying to be healthy for the season, I’m looking forward to getting cleared and being ready to go for training camp and OTAs so that’s basically it…the doctors are giving me limitations on certain things for right now just to help the healing process speed up.” – RB David Wilson, who is rehabbing from neck surgery.
“Everything, the procedure, went well, went smoothly. It’s healing quickly and I should kind of be getting back into the flow of things and amp up my rehab. I don’t have an exact timetable, this was my first kind of surgery that I’ve ever had so I’m just… be smart with it, let it heal fully and make sure I come back 100 percent.” – QB Eli Manning on his rehab from an ankle procedure.
“I feel pretty good. It’s fun to actually just train. That’s all I want. You want to be the best, you want to put the time in, you double up, do what you’ve got to do and then you can play at a high level more consistently. That’s the goal.” – LB Jon Beason, who played 15 games last season after playing in only five over the two previous seasons.
“I don’t have any limits whenever I do anything. I feel great. I can run, I can jump, I can land on one leg, I can land on my left leg, push off equally off of both legs whenever they put the little tracking unit on me and measure when I was rehabbing and doing everything. All my stuff was balanced out. I feel great.” – S Stevie Brown, who missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL.
“We’re trying to build up so when it is time for me to run that I can run and when it’s time for me to hit I can hit. They’re giving me short timelines. Focus on the day, let’s do this, let’s do that, rather than the big picture that it’s not going to take care of itself unless you focus on the little things anyway.” – OT Will Beatty, currently rehabbing from a fractured tibia.
“I’m doing everything. I ran with the team this morning, I lifted with everyone so I’m back at it 100 percent.” – OL Chris Snee, who missed most of 2013 with hip issues.