NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York Giants have failed to reach the postseason in three of their last four seasons. But Eli Manning, who has won two Super Bowls with the G-Men, claims that he feels as good about this year’s squad as any other he’s been a part of.
“I do, I do,” Manning told Bob Glauber of Newsday. “Obviously, my focus is the offense, but I feel we have talented running backs, we have three or four talented receivers that can play and have proven themselves, and a new tight end with Brandon (Myers) and an offensive line that’s experienced.”
The two-time Super Bowl MVP does indeed have a lot to look forward to heading into training camp. With Victor Cruz signed, Manning has an explosive receiving duo featuring Cruz and partner Hakeem Nicks. And running backs Andre Brown and David Wilson have proved that they can be effective in Big Blue’s offense, scoring 12 touchdowns between the two of them last season.
But, entering his 10th season with the Giants, curiosity looms about how much the former Ole Miss Rebel has left in the tank. The three-time Pro Bowl selection says he still has plenty left.
“I’ve never put an exact number on it, but I do know I don’t see the end anywhere too near, so I’m going to play as long as I feel I can play at a high level and my body can hang under me,” he told Glauber. “I do feel healthy and strong and energized about what I’m doing, and I’m fortunate. Hopefully it’s for another five-plus years. I put that as somewhat of a goal.”
The 32-year-old has been the core of the Giants’ offense since he was traded to the team in 2004, so there is no rush to kick Manning off the helm. And not only does he feel that he still has plenty of fuel; he still loves to play the game.
“I love what I’m doing,” Manning explained to Glauber. “I love training camp. I love the working-out aspects. I love the practice. I love winning games. Those are exciting things. So as of right now, I don’t ever see that getting old or getting tired.”
But after all the questions about Manning’s future with the G-Men, he is still focused on the upcoming season.
“I don’t know what my body will feel like in eight years, or what a game or a practice feels like afterward,” he told Glauber. “Obviously, the game of football can quickly be taken away from you, and I understand that. There is a need to focus on that next year and making sure you give it your all that year.”
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