If Eli Manning’s arm comes out of the bye as energized as his vocabulary, the Giants should be in fine shape. The quarterback used uncharacteristically colorful words to describe his throwing in Monday’s practice -- words such as “pop,” “fire,” and “lively” – after a week away from football.
Manning maintains that his arm was not tired before the bye, but he seems to think that the rest did him and his arm strength some good.
“It was coming out where I wanted it to,” Manning said of the footballs he was throwing. “I think it definitely had a little bit more pop to it. That’s something, you take a week off and you definitely get a little bit more fire. It was coming out good.”
There was public speculation prior to the Bengals game that some of the Giants’ offensive woes could be traced to a tired right arm at the side of the franchise quarterback. Manning denied that was the case, and again today dismissed it.
“I didn’t think there was anything to it,” he said. “In practices I thought I was throwing the ball well. I felt no fatigue. Obviously in the course of a season you may not realize it, but today, arm felt good.”
Tom Coughlin summarized Manning’s practice today with a single word: “Sharp.”
Manning even focused on some of the plays that have eluded the Giants in their recent losses, the long passes. “Threw some deep ones and didn’t have to struggle to get it out there,” Manning said. “It was just coming out well.”
Naturally, after a week without football, that’s what everyone would expect. The bye gives players old and new a chance to rest their bodies (and minds) and come back refreshed for a run towards the playoffs.
“Usually,” Manning said, “after the bye you have a little bit more pep in your step and your arm is a little bit more lively.”