Eli Manning, in 11th NFL season, has something to prove after last season's debacle

The Giants' Eli Manning jogs to the sidelines The Giants' Eli Manning jogs to the sidelines after losing possession in the first quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Social media may have its fun with #manningface, pictures of the Giants quarterback caught with pouting or sulking grimaces. But Tom Coughlin sees another face that tells him Eli Manning wants to prove last year was an aberration.

"I don't think there is any question about that,'' he said Thursday of his quarterback, coming off a 27-interception season. "He doesn't have to verbalize it to me, either. I just look at his face . . . He's focused, he's focused, he's focused. It is serious business for him.''

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP and holder of virtually all Giants passing records (good and bad), said he still believes he has something to prove in his 11th NFL season. Especially given how his 10th went.

"I think from a personal standpoint, I definitely want to go out there and play well,'' he said. "I don't like losing football games. I don't like having bad games. That's tough on me and on the team, so I think every year, you have to prove yourself and you want to go out there and play well and play to your potential.''

 

Ready for prime time

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Running back Rashad Jennings may be a six-year veteran, but he'll be a Monday Night Football rookie when the Giants take that prime-time stage in Detroit.

"As a little kid, you know that theme song in the back of your head,'' Jennings said with a smile. "It's fun. Under the lights. After the national anthem, maybe shed a couple of tears; as soon as the first snap, it's back to football. We have to be able to handle that type of environment. We're going into a hostile environment. It's the first game for them too. It's a grown-man game. It's going to be fun.''

 

Giant steps

LB Jon Beason (foot) was limited in practice but remains on track to play . . . Coughlin said he is confident that newly acquired offensive lineman Adam Snyder will be ready to play despite joining the team on Wednesday. "Sure, why not?'' Coughlin said. But he doesn't know the plays, Coach. Said Coughlin: "Learn the plays.''

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