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Eli Manning participating in OTAs, seven weeks after ankle surgery

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves the field after the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys durign their NFL game in Arlington, Texas Reuters

When Giants quarterback Eli Manning had ankle surgery seven weeks ago, General Manager Jerry Reese said it would put him “out of spring ball.” But it didn’t happen that way.

Manning was on the field for Organized Team Activities, and he put in a full day, according to the Giants’ website. Manning “took quite a few snaps,” the website says, and did individual drills and a lot of reps with the first-team offense. As expected, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter and Josh Freeman took the backup snaps behind Manning.

The news that Manning is back on the field is good news for the Giants, who are implementing new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system. Manning will get a full offseason of work in the new offense.

Manning has started 151 consecutive regular-season games (plus 11 playoff games), which is the longest active streak for an NFL quarterback, and the third-longest streak in NFL history behind only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

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39 Responses to “Eli Manning participating in OTAs, seven weeks after ankle surgery”
  1. courtjester1234 says: May 29, 2014 6:31 AM

    Attantion all primadonas! This is how you conduct yourself if you want the fans to truly support you. As an Eagles fan I love what Eli’s doing. Go out there if you’re able an be a leader…just be smart and don’t re injure yourself

  2. justinstuckrule says: May 29, 2014 6:49 AM

    Another former Giants comes back to inspire the team as the Josh Freeman era begins. First David Wilson and now Eli.

    Eli had a great career for the Giants and maybe he’ll even join the team as a coach.

    Too bad the Giants haven’t figured out how to bring back Tiki Barber, the classiest player in Giants history. Without Tiki, the Giants would never have won 2 Super Bowls and Eli would have been released before his rookie contract expired. Talent and leadership is what the rebuilding Giants need and that’s what Tiki provided in a big way.

  3. tonyzendejas says: May 29, 2014 7:07 AM

    Elisha is VERY eager to build on his 2013 success, including his record for “most pouty-face interceptions thrown.”

  4. canetic says: May 29, 2014 7:13 AM

    An NFL player who is actually participating in OTA’s and not holding out or planning a lawsuit against the league? What a great day!

  5. kev86 says: May 29, 2014 7:24 AM

    Eli is the MANN. Big Blue!

  6. The Steelers created football. We defined what it means to play the game. We have won six Super Bowls. How about you? We are important. We are God's team. You shrivel in our immense shadow. Think about it for a little bit. says: May 29, 2014 7:26 AM

    Ben LOLs @ the other 2004 QBs.

  7. schmokes says: May 29, 2014 7:29 AM

    It’s the only time during the year when there aren’t defenders to pick off his passes, why would he miss it?

  8. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: May 29, 2014 7:41 AM

    Ironman

  9. sincethesixtys says: May 29, 2014 7:44 AM

    I never doubted it for a minute that Eli would be on the field for the ota’s. He may have good Eli and bad Eli in him, but he is a tough guy and very dependable.

  10. mclovin07 says: May 29, 2014 7:48 AM

    After last season, Eli needs to get back on track…

  11. kd75 says: May 29, 2014 8:01 AM

    “I am Iron Man”

  12. awdlmd says: May 29, 2014 8:18 AM

    Why is he trying to win a tough guy award in May? Get yourself right for when it actually matters.

  13. paulsmith107 says: May 29, 2014 8:24 AM

    As a fan of an opposing team this makes me very happy. I live when my secondary pads their stats with ints from Eli

  14. romad21 says: May 29, 2014 8:27 AM

    Just the latest example of Eli’s toughness. With him, the Giants have a chance to win another ring or two in the next several years. I’d take him over Romo, Foles or Griffin every time. Not as talented as some or fast as others, but he is as competitive and has the elusive “it”, whatever “it” is, that makes him a winner.

  15. 23rdusernameused says: May 29, 2014 8:36 AM

    And he’ll still throw 25+ INTs this season, just like usual!
    Let the Nasib era start already!

  16. justinstuckrule says: May 29, 2014 8:40 AM

    Good to see our heroic former QB come back to visit a practice and inspire the current Josh Freeman-led team. Eli was great. Too bad Tiki hasn’t come back too. He made Eli into a 2 time Super Bowl MVP. They don’t make superstar Hall of Fame leaders like Tiki any more.

    It could talke 5 years but I’m optimistic that the Josh Freeman era will be good for the Giants. 8-8 could happen as soon as 2015.

  17. steelerben says: May 29, 2014 8:47 AM

    How is Curtis Painter still in the NFL?

  18. n0hopeleft says: May 29, 2014 8:56 AM

    Leader of men. There is no one I would rather have as my QB than Eli Manning.

  19. nedisakoff says: May 29, 2014 9:14 AM

    “He’s not human, he’s like a piece of iron.” – Ivan Drago on Eli Manning.

  20. bigbluebeast says: May 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    Boom, the beast is back in the building.

  21. jibberator says: May 29, 2014 9:25 AM

    I have trouble trusting him after his play last year. Interception machine.

  22. riggz91 says: May 29, 2014 9:27 AM

    Yes he threw a ton of picks last year but he also took a beating. The kid Manning is tough as they come.

  23. billco6192013 says: May 29, 2014 9:29 AM

    SAY WHAT YOU MUST, BUT DUDE DOESNT MAKE EXCUSES NOT TO PLAY

  24. siennaLilo says: May 29, 2014 9:43 AM

    Aw, aren’t all these Eli haters adorable? I love Eli Manning. Like really really love him. ‘Leader of men’ for sure.

    And what’s this nonsense about him not being as talented as the others? That’s complete BS. Not one of those other dudes have the talent or the balls to throw that pass to Manningham in SB46. Talent AND Guts.

    What Eli doesn’t have is caring one lick about his stats unlike those other dudes. Stats do not equal talent.

  25. hazedg13 says: May 29, 2014 9:43 AM

    UNSTOPPABLE! Eli Manning is!

  26. seabrawk12 says: May 29, 2014 9:50 AM

    Honestly I’d take Eli over Payton in a huge game. Beating Brady twice in the SB means something – Hawks fan

  27. bigbluplates says: May 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    What more can one say than:

    I bELIeve in ELI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go BIGBLU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. elimanningup says: May 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    #EliManningUp
    #ELIte
    #bELIeve

  29. weepingjebus says: May 29, 2014 11:38 AM

    Applauding someone for showing up to do their job. 21st century America in a nutshell.

  30. kev86 says: May 29, 2014 12:29 PM

    What you have here is 2X SB MVP leading by example.

    He is having a legendary career with the Giants.

    GO BLUE!!

  31. t500000t says: May 29, 2014 12:37 PM

    As a Charger fan, I hope I see even more Eli INTs this year.

    As a fan of football, I hope the Giants have a great year. I’ve always thought that that team is very well managed and coached.

  32. officialgame says: May 29, 2014 12:47 PM

    Eli is like Gumby. He twists, contorts, bends but doesn’t break.

  33. footballtalk1 says: May 29, 2014 1:49 PM

    Back in form, promptly throws 4 interceptions. Yeah he’s ready for the season!

  34. droopy925 says: May 29, 2014 2:17 PM

    Hope that ankle Will be good for the season because the oline will be bad again this year

  35. cslaxcoach says: May 29, 2014 2:38 PM

    Haters… I havent seen the stats for Eli last year.. you see. the shine from the 2 Super Bowl Rings, Two SuperBowl MVPS and TWO Lombardi Trophy’s is blocking my view of his poor season last year.

  36. kev86 says: May 29, 2014 2:39 PM

    There are several hall of fame QB’s that have thrown more INT’s in a season than Eli.

    Eli will meet them there someday.

    Kiss our rings haters, You wish your QB had 2 SB MVP’s on the resume. GO GIANTS!

  37. bobzilla1001 says: May 29, 2014 4:26 PM

    Last season, Peyton wound up in the Super Bowl with the 22nd-ranked scoring defense. Think Eli would’ve made it that far with such a defense?
    Eli played on a team that had a defense that held Brady to 14 points. I’m pretty sure Peyton wouldn’t mind having such a defense.

  38. harrypairotestes says: May 29, 2014 6:53 PM

    Can’t wait for September!!!!

    Go Big Blue!!!!

  39. Savage Lizard says: May 30, 2014 4:23 AM

    Eli is an Assante Samuel drop of a ball that hit him right in the hands and a Wes Welker drop that hit him right in the hands from being 0-2 in the Super Bowl.

    Slightly above average QB with the extreme good fortune to be on two good teams that got hot at the right time. Will always be overrated because he’s a Manning and because he plays in New York…errrr…New Jersey.

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