Eli Manning Tells WFAN He Still Gets Excited About Training Camp

Mike Francesa Interview The Giants QB

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July 27, 2018 - 4:35 pm
Mike Francesa interviews Eli Manning at Giants training camp on July 27, 2018.

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By WFAN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Many NFL players, especially those deep into their careers, dread the heat and grind of training camp.

But not Eli Manning.

"I've always loved going to camp. I went to camp when I was 10 years old away, and I'm still 37 going to camp and get excited about it," the Giants quarterback told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Friday from training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Manning might be even more eager about training camp this time around so that he officially bury last season's miserable 3-13 season, one that saw him benched briefly, ending his 13-year streak of consecutive starts.

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"It's still an excitement," Manning said of beginning a new season. "That's a great thing about football. Every year it is a new year. Last year does not matter. Last year's not going to help you win games, and it's not going to affect you this upcoming season. You've got new players, a new opportunity. And you never know what year's going to be that special year. The year we won championships, we didn't know going in (saying), 'Hey, this is our year. We're going to win a championship.'"

While former coach Ben McAdoo might have had his doubts about Manning, new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur have said repeatedly they still believe in the two-time Super Bowl MVP. 

"And it's my job to prove them correct, to prove that they're right, that I can play at a high level, I can win games, I can do my job and play quarterback and lead this team to great things," Manning said.

Manning said he's enjoying working with Shurmur, the former Cleveland Browns head coach and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator.

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"He's very down to earth," the four-time Pro Bowl QB said. "He's very easy to talk to. He does a good job communicating with the whole team, kind of what he wants to get out of each day of practice, certain drills, certain situations at practice. So I think he's done a great job just kind of communicating his style that he wants us to play."

The Giants should have an offense that scores plenty of points. They drafted running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick, are welcoming back explosive wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from a season-ending ankle injury and returning wideout Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram, who combined for 129 catches and 14 touchdowns last year. 

"A lot of guys that can make plays, and now we have to do it," Manning said. "We have to do it on Sunday, give them the opportunity to get the ball in their hands to put them in a position to be explosive and do the things they do well. Again, I have a lot of confidence in our guys -- in our receivers and our running backs. Now we just have to come, as an offense, we've got to be able to be consistent."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.