At 33, Eli Manning still 'young', Reese says

Giants QB Eli Manning takes some reps during Giants QB Eli Manning takes some reps during practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on July 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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Jerry Reese noted that Eli Manning's age - 33 years old and entering his 11th NFL season - is "getting up there," but said that it is not a concern for the Giants.

"He's still a young football player, all things considered, with respect to the quarterback position," the general manager said on Wednesday. "Quarterbacks are a little bit different. Thirty-three is getting up there, but it's not like a running back at that age or some other position at that age. Quarterbacks don't take the hits like a lot of other positions do. Hopefully Eli won't take a lot of hits like he took last year."

To put Manning's age in perspective, Chris Snee just retired with a battered body worn down from a career of service in the NFL trenches. He was 32.

The Giants have 10 players on their current roster who are 30 or older. Only kicker Josh Brown is older than Manning (who has Cullen Jenkins beat by just a few weeks).

While age is not an issue, his play certainly is. After Manning's worst season as a pro, Reese said he has a short, simple list of expectations for the quarterback.

"I expect nothing except for him to bounce back and be the Pro Bowl-caliber football player that we know he can be," Reese said. "We expect him to come back and be a leader and bounce back and not have some of the things that happened to him last year and be a dynamic football player for us. That's what I expect."

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Reese also said that the Giants "keep all our options open" in regard to contract extensions, but there have been no such talks with Manning. He has two years left on his current deal.

"Right now there's really nothing to talk about," Reese said. "There's no need to talk about contracts at this point."

If Manning can't bounce back, there may not be a need to talk about it after this season either. When he'll be 34. At that point, age may come into play.

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