Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said recently that quarterback Eli Manning was “out for spring ball,” which appears to have been either a misunderstanding or an overly pessimistic view of Manning’s condition after ankle surgery.
Manning said Monday that he took about half the snaps during Monday’s workout at the team’s facility and that he would be doing everything when the team starts OTAs in a couple of weeks if it was totally up to him. Manning said he feels 100 percent, “but the trainers tell me I’m not.”
“I already feel like I can go out there and do everything,” Manning said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “We’ll still be smart about it these next few weeks and not overdo anything. If they want to limit me somewhat, I’ll understand that. But I want to take every single rep and they know that.”
Cautious or not, the Giants released Rusty Smith on Monday in a move that signals an increased comfort level with Manning’s participation in practices now and in the near future.