Since Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning have worked together, the Giants quarterback completed 63.1 percent of his passes in 2014, threw 35 touchdowns in 2015 and won 11 games last season. If training camp is any indication, Manning might have better numbers across the board this season.
McAdoo said in an interview on ESPN Radio on Tuesday that Manning is playing at a higher level at this point in training camp than the previous three camps. The second-year head coach expanded on that Wednesday in his daily press briefing.
“He’s completing the ball at a high percentage; he knows the offense like the back of his hand; and he has been in the offense for four years now, so he has been able to teach others,” McAdoo said, via Tom Rock of Newsday.
Manning is teaching instead of learning, answering questions other players have about plays or routes.
“That is the best way to learn, the best way to master it,” McAdoo said.
During team periods in training camp, Manning has completed 70.1 percent of his passes, according to NJ Advance Media’s statistics.
Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. are among the starters not expected to play Friday night against the Steelers. Both sat out last year’s preseason opener, too, and McAdoo said the Giants would treat “it very similar to the way we treated last year’s [first preseason] game.”