Eli Manning said he feels "100 percent" healthy as training camp starts. His confidence in the new offense, however, isn't at such a high level yet.
"It is different and you come into the season a little nervous," he said yesterday of the changes. "You have a good feel for it, but not to where I want it to be. That's just going to come with repetition and more plays . . . We still have a lot of work to do to get comfortable with myself and get comfortable with my teammates."
Manning, who had a surgical procedure on his ankle in April, said things did begin to click a little in the spring.
"As we got into the OTAs and minicamps, we started to look and feel like a football team, like an offense that was making plays and understanding what was going on," he said. "Hopefully we can get right back on to that where we finished off in the spring and get rolling and have a better feel for what's going on."
Manning did say he is optimistic about that occurring, but he isn't sure when he'll get to the point of being completely comfortable in the offense. It might not even be there when the Giants face the Lions on Sept. 8.
"I think I'll go in [to the opening game] thinking I have 100 percent confidence in it," he said. "I'm going to know what everybody's responsibility is in each play and each route; it's just growing within an offense and understanding all of the possibilities that you can get to. That will get better each practice, each preseason game and even into each game."
As for that ankle injury, Manning said it's completely healed. "I feel good, I feel strong and ready to go full-speed," he said.