Eli Manning won’t practice with the team until the summer, General Manager Jerry Reese said on Thursday.
The quarterback is “out of spring ball,” the GM said.
“Eli is a smart guy,” Reese said. “I think he’s driven to prove that last year was just an odd year for him.”
As four the other four quarterbacks on the roster, Reese said the team will take a “real good look” at Ryan Nassib this summer. They also brought in Josh Freeman to help increase some competition in camp, and expect Nassib and Freeman to compete for the top backup.
The team is also looking at heading into the season without David Wilson, who had surgery on his neck last season. They’ll see him as a bonus if he’s medically cleared and ready to play.
“We expect him back. He’s on schedule to be back,” Reese said.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Good choice by the Giants to keep Eli out of harm’s way until training camp. Unfortunately, because of the new offense being installed, it’s a bad time for him to be sidelined.
Reese will pull out all the stops to prove his trade-up for Nassib wasn’t another folly by giving him the lion’s share of the snaps this spring. That shouldn’t be hard because the primary backup (Curtis Painter) will probably be out until the summer as well.
He called Freeman “a talented player”, which he is, but it will take a lot for Freeman to make this roster. His maneuverability should help him, but if his accuracy doesn’t improve the Giants will dump him.
Wilson may be cleared, but the Giants have seen first hand that he’s not an every down back. I expect them to use one of their seven selections in next week’s draft on a RB.