Toomer: Losing Shockey helped Eli
Interesting stuff from Amani Toomer on NBC Sports Talk Wednesday regarding how Jeremy Shockey's departure helped Eli Manning’s development:
“I think when he first came in, he wanted to be very respectful to the older players, and most of us understood that and we appreciated that about him.
“But there were some players on our team, namely Jeremy Shockey, he didn’t really, he tried to take advantage of a situation of a young, struggling quarterback.
“What I mean by that is he’d come in the huddle, he’d always pull on him, he’d always try to make him not be able to go through his reads because he’d say ‘Hey, hey I’m open.’ And those are the types of things that a young quarterback can’t really handle.
“And it is no question in my mind the reason why after Jeremy Shockey in 2007 got injured, Eli’s play went up because he didn’t have that distraction in the huddle.”