Eli can't remember past preseason troubles, but that doesn't mean he's not concerned this year

Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first

Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 24, 2013) (Credit: Lee S. Weissman )

Most reporters who have been around the Giants for the last several years have written the same story at some point. Eli Manning is struggling in the preseason and it’s a source of concern as the regular season approaches. It’s a familiar and yet somewhat vague storyline. I mean, I know I’ve written it. But how did those out-of-rhythm preseasons translate in the regular season? I can’t really recall.

Neither can Manning.

“I can’t remember my preseasons either,” the quarterback said.

Still, that doesn’t mean that the Giants’ offensive woes in the first three weeks of this tune-up process should be ignored.

“You still want to go out there and play and play well,” Manning said. “You might have some things that you want to accomplish and the game plan might be somewhat simpler but you should be able to go out there and get completions and move the ball. We have done it at times but we just haven’t finished drives very well and that is something we have to do.”

The Giants are 0-for-7 in the red zone and the starters have scored two offensive touchdowns – one on a 47-yard pass from Manning to Cruz in Week 1 and the other an 84-yard touchdown run by David Wilson against the Jets on Saturday.

“We’ve got to play better,” Manning said. “We’ve got to do better in the red zone and converting third downs. There is room for improvement.”

That seems to especially be the case in his connection with Hakeem Nicks.

“We’re still working,” he said. “We’ve got to get back to where we are both playing at a high level. The throws have got to be better. The routes have got to be better. It is kind of a combination of both of them on some and a little off on a few things. We hit a nice deep one that was good, even though they called pass interference as well, we still hit it. We are still working some things out but we will get there and we will keep working at it.”

The Giants have only a handful of practices and one preseason game left until their opener. Could Manning and the starters be out there in New England on Thursday night just to iron out a few of the glitches?

“Whatever coach wants to do,” Manning said. “He hasn’t told us. I assume we are going in to play. We will have practice. We need to have a great week of practice and make sure we are getting better this week.”

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