Eli Manning said he’ll play no matter who is blocking for him.
Funny, because Dallas Reynolds said he’ll block no matter who is behind him.
Reynolds, one of the last available pieces of the offensive line who may be pushed into action on Sunday against the Lions and the ferocious front of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, said he was not surprised that Manning chose to play behind the potentially rag-tag protection (my description, not his!). But even if he didn’t, Reynolds said he would still try to perform as well as he could.
“We have to do our job regardless of who is back there, but Eli is a competitor and he wants to play,” Reynolds told me. “That goes to show what kind of player he is.”
Reynolds said he is not preparing any differently this week than he has in the past. He may have to play guard for either James Brewer or David Diehl if those two starters – who are both actually backups pressed into starting roles to begin with – are unavailable on Sunday. Brewer has an ankle injury and Diehl has a swollen knee.
“Of course you want to play, but you don’t want your guys to get hurt,” Reynolds said. “You have to be ready and prepared to step in when you’re called upon.”
It’s not hard to imagine Suh and Fairley licking their chops if they saw how the Giants were lined up at practice today with Reynolds and Brandon Mosley at the two guard positions.
“It’s the NFL so if you couldn’t play you wouldn’t be at this level,” Kevin Boothe said. “We can’t look at it that way. If they want to, that’s fine. We’ll see how it all plays out.”