John Fennelly, Lead Writer
QB Eli Manning met the media on Tuesday sporting a walking boot to protect his surgically-repaired left ankle. The big question: When will he be able to take the field again?
“I just don’t know,” Eli said. “Obviously I’d like to be but we just have to see kind of what the process is and see how quickly I can heal and what the trainers and everyone, how quickly they want to push me.”
Manning is expected to start running again the end of May, but nothing is certain. He was asked if Giant fans should be concerned about the ankle and his return.
“I think that was kind of the reason for doing this at this time, to prevent any uncertainty. For me and for the Giants organization, fans as well, it’s to go ahead and do this where it’ll give me plenty of time to heal and be 100 percent healthy for the season.”
Safety Antrel Rolle commented on the changing dynamic in the Giants’ locker room: “I recognize a lot of faces. Some new, some old. Faces change, goals don’t.”
He is “excited” about what the Giants have done with their roster this offseason, but the excitement was tempered by the news that teammate Will Hill failed another drug test.
“We don’t know what’s going to take place with that yet,” said Rolle. “We’re just here to support Will and make sure we keep his spirits up high. Whatever happens with the league office and obviously with Will Hill has to take its course. I’m not really going to speak on the matter if he’s not here. We’ll hit that once that time approaches.”
He was asked if it was tough to see a close friend and teammate going through such a difficult time…
“That’s always tough. Will Hill is a phenomenal guy, not only an athlete but also a great guy and a great teammate. He’s like a little brother to myself. Obviously you don’t like to hear those things, especially… my main concern is Will Hill. Not so much even the Giants. My focus is Will Hill. Like I said, we’re just going to keep on encouraging him and embracing him and lift his spirits up and hopefully it’s nothing.”
But the buzz is that Hill may get hit with a minimum suspension of 6-8 weeks. On the back end of that, the Giants, who are rumored to be “livid” with Hill, are set to cut the cord on him.
RB Rashad Jennings, who was one of the Giants’ big ticket free agent signings last month, was asked what he can bring to the Giants’ offense…
“Something I always pride myself on is being a complete back. That’s never having to come off the field. First down, second down, third down, fourth-and-short, goal line, pass protection… just molding and perfecting my craft of becoming a complete back is something that I’m going to continue to strive for as long as I’m in the NFL. What I bring to the table is completion.”