"We're going to be good," Shockey said during lunch on Tuesday. "There's no doubt in my mind or anybody else's mind that we're going to have a great offense."
Shockey was pleased with the offseason addition of Plaxico Burress and also noted that serious progress should be expected from Eli Manning in his second season
"Anytime you have a receiver with the abilities he has, it's going to help everybody else out," Shockey said. "Definitely having someone like that is going to help me out."
As for Manning, Shockey says the sky's the limit.
"Eli looks like he's had a year under his belt," the Pro Bowl TE said. "He definitely has the offense down. He can tell everybody what to do. He knows everything – what the defenses bring. He's a very, very smart, intelligent quarterback.
"He's going to be a very special player in this league and there's no doubt in my mind that he's going to do big things this year. He's going to be a definite force."
Shockey stated that last year is behind him and his mates. The focus now is on 2005 and beyond.
"Last year was different," he said. "I don't really want to talk about it. It was a depressing year."
Of course, the 2004 campaign was not a very memorable one for Shockey. He was clearly unhappy with his role, had a hard time hiding it, and was unhappy with how he was portrayed.
"I said I want to be used in the way that other people are being used," he explained. "I didn't get drafted to be a blocking tight end. I didn't get drafted to be in a fullback position to lead up on linebackers that are 5-10 and I'm 6-5. They're going to get under me every time. That's what I said.
"Last year I had 60-something catches and it felt like 10."
Now, Shockey says, bigger and better things are on the horizon.
"It's going to look like a completely different unit than it was last year," he said. "This year there's going to be a lot different attitude on our offense."…
The following players missed Tuesday's morning practice: wide receivers Jamaar Taylor (hip flexor strain) and Mark Jones (foot); offensive lineman Wayne Lucier (calf); linebacker Barrett Green (knee); running backs Derrick Ward (knee) and Ryan Grant (ankle), and cornerback Lamont Brightful (shoulder). Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (shoulder) was limited, and fullback Luke Lawton missed some time when he took a hit on his shoulder.
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