Well, Giants fans, the preseason is over. With five games on the slate, it was longer than it normally is, but this week the Giants will finally start preparing for a game that counts. On the first Monday after Labor Day, Big Blue will take on the Detroit Lions during Week 1 of the NFL season.
Fans aren’t the only ones psyched for the 2014 campaign to begin in earnest. Quarterback Eli Manning is just as excited.
“I’m always glad the preseason’s over with,” noted Manning. “My number one goal for the preseason is to get through it healthy. The only times I’ve ever missed games were getting injured in preseason games, so I don’t want to experience that. I know there are things we need to improve on, there are things we have to get better at, but that’s why we’ve got another week to work on a few things but also to get into Detroit and go play a real game and go compete and see what we can do.”
Given how the first team offense has played this summer, Manning might be even more excited than usual for the preseason to be finally over with. Even though fans haven’t been impressed with Manning’s performance thus far, a solid game against Detroit will more than make up for a sluggish preseason.
“I know there are things we need to improve on, there are things we have to get better at,” said Manning, “But that’s why we’ve got another week to work on a few things but also to get into Detroit and go play a real game and go compete and see what we can do.”
Even though Manning finished the preseason by completing just one of four passes he threw against New England, he’s as confident as ever that 2014 will be a successful year for the Giants.
“I think our confidence level is good,” said Manning. “I think the more you can practice, the more you can practice the plays you’re going to run. You get to look at it. Sometimes we’re practicing a bunch of things and the second team is getting the play, different guys are running different things so I think the more we can get into a circumstance where the guys that will be running the plays will be running in the game and get a good feel and make corrections during the week and get it done right and we’ll be good.”
If the Giants’ offense doesn’t show improvement against Detroit in Week 1, it’s going to be tougher for Manning to explain away the unit’s problem as something less than a long-term issue.