As if recovering from offseason ankle surgery wasn't hard enough, Eli Manning will spend OTAs adjusting to new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo after spending ten years under Kevin Gilbride.
Gilbride retired in January and McAdoo was hired 12 days later. The transition to a new offense won't be easy and Manning told reporters on Tuesday that it could take some time for everyone to get used to the new scheme.
"I'm still thinking some out there and trying to make things right," he said. "You kind of have to slowly think through it the first time you‘re doing some things, but overall I feel good about where I am now."
Even though he's coming along slowly, both physically and in the new offense, Manning says he's made a lot of progress since the start of OTAs.
"It's night and day," he said. "From the first meeting we had we had a lot of questions and were trying to understand some of the rules, when you can make changes even from the cadence, there were a lot of things going through and we were playing real slow because you're thinking."
Along with major additions to the offensive line, the Giants added running back Rashad Jennings via free agency. The 29-year-old spent last season with the Raiders and rushed for 1,677 yards and 13 touchdowns on 387 carries.
Jennings expressed his desire to become a complete back earlier this offseason and Manning says all of the running backs will have to show the ability to pass block in order to stay on the field.
"I think [pass protection] is always an emphasis for a running back," he said. "It's not just how well you run the football, you've got to be a complete back and you've got to be able to understand your protections, know who you're blocking and then block them."
Jennings comes into the season as the No. 1 running back and appears ready to contribute in the receiving game, too. Jennings caught 36 passes for 292 yards last year and says he thinks the trend can continue.
Jennings will likely remain the top back this season, but Manning says he's already seeing great blocking and pass catching from the rest of the group.
"I think the running backs have done a good job," he said. "They had a couple nice blitz pickups today and those guys, changing the protections, and those guys understanding and picking up protections, hit them on a couple routes and get them in the open space and make some plays so I think they're doing a good job of understanding this offense and their routes and protections and so I think they've done a good job and hopefully we can continue to do that."