‘Unbreakable’ Eli takes the helm earlier than expected

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

When it comes to injuries and their recovery, Eli Manning has always defied the odds. Over the years, he’s had several ailments that would have forced other players to the bench, but he’s fought through them every time. He is currently atop the NFL’s current consecutive games started list for QBs with 151 (161 counting the postseason) and it appears he is in place to keep that streak going.

From Dan Salomone of Giants.com after yesterday’s OTAs at QDTC:

After undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle on April 10, quarterback Eli Manning wasn’t going to be rushed back. But his ironman gene put him on the fast track, and Manning took quite a few snaps on the first day of OTAs. In addition to individual drills, he took many of the first-team reps as he and his teammates continued to learn McAdoo’s new offense.

Voila! The rumors of Eli’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Or, could it just be that he is a quick healer who knows his body better than the doctors do.

Now, I’m not suggesting he’s the Bruce Willis character in the film Unbreakable, but the fact he’s participating at this level this early in the rehab process tells me he’s a special case. And his accelerated recovery could not come at a better time. The Giants need him to master the new offense and the more snaps he takes this spring, the better.

From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:

Barring any setbacks, it looks as if Manning is largely back to work, although he hasn’t taken a hit yet, or had to scramble from pressure. Contact was not permitted Wednesday, although 11-on-11 drills and other scrimmage tactics were in play.

Still, Manning will at least get a few weeks to hone his timing in McAdoo’s attack, which was as fast-paced as promised, according to Giants.com. When McAdoo, a former Green Bay Packers assistant, was hired, he promised an up-tempo attack, and the coordinator started implementing that system on Wednesday.

The news is a positive sign for Giant fans, and it comes as no surprise. Eli is a determined and dedicated athlete who takes his career seriously. For many, there was no doubt Eli would be ready in time to take the helm this spring.

The Giants are also fortunate to have five preseason games to work with this summer. The HOF game vs Buffalo in addition to the nomad four, gives them more time to align and educate the personnel on the new offense.




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