Excerpt: "Reports had the ball flying out of quarterback Eli Manning’s hand with greater velocity and accuracy than at any time in the last four weeks.
This was good news coming out of the Giants’ first practice after the bye week on Monday morning.
What wonders the down time must have done for Manning, who was the source of recent speculation that he had a dead arm. If that wasn’t insult enough, Manning was dropped out of the elite quarterback ranks by former Giants signal caller Phil Simms.
“Every outsider is going to have something to say,” said receiver Hakeem Nicks. “When you’re a man in his shoes, if they’re not talking about you then you’re doing something wrong. Eli has proven himself year in and year out, not just last season. This season as well. We have full confidence in Eli and his arm, just like he has confidence in us.”
The bye may have come at the perfect time for Manning and the Giants. They got a chance to exhale before plunging into the final six games — a run that promises to be as exhilarating as the one they had last year, with Dallas inching closer to them in the NFC East.
“We ain’t worried about the Cowboys,” Nicks said. “We played them already. We’re worried about ourselves and what we got to do.”
Right out of the gate the Giants (6-4) face the Packers, one of the hottest teams in the NFC. Big Blue better hope that Manning is right for the stretch run or they can wave bye-bye to the playoffs." Read more...