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Giants' new offense draws early excitement from Cruz, Eli

Eli Manning, left, and Victor Cruz interact before

Eli Manning, left, and Victor Cruz interact before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 21, 2013. Photo Credit: AP

It's been two days. What does the Giants' new offense look like?

A lot like the Packers', apparently, which makes sense considering that new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo arrives from that organization.

"It's very similar," wide receiver Victor Cruz said Tuesday. "It's a lot of the same types of plays, a lot of the same types of routes, things of that nature. I'm excited by it. If anybody watches Green Bay they know that they score a lot of points and get up and down the field quickly and put up a lot of big plays. So we're excited about that."

Eli Manning said it's been a "fun couple of days" in the new offense and admitted that "my mind is swimming right now."

"I think it will bring a lot of opportunities and we'll be able to move the ball and score so I'm excited about it," the quarterback said. "I think it will be similar to what they did in Green Bay. That's where Ben came from so I think it will be pretty similar to that offense."

Manning wouldn't go so far as to label it a "West Coast" system.

"I've never been in a West Coast offense so I don't know if this is exactly West Coast or a form of it or not anything like it," he said. "I think it probably has some tendencies to it in some of the protections and stuff, but every offense has its own little style, it's own uniqueness that makes it work . . . This is Coach McAdoo's offense and I'm here to learn it."

One thing the receivers seem excited by is the simplification of their routes. Under former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the receivers indicated their routes to Manning based on their body language. Cruz and Rueben Randle said this new system will be more straight-forward. Randle said there will be fewer opportunities for miscommunication.

Of course, the Giants can't get on the field to see their new system yet. It'll be another two weeks before they can be out there for drills and even then, they probably won't have Manning with them until the start of training camp. Manning is recovering from ankle surgery and is still wearing a protective boot.

"This is my second offense I've had to learn," Manning said. "It's a little different than it was 10 years ago when I was a rookie in the NFL. Now I have an understanding of the game of football better and in a lot of cases it's the same thing just said a little differently."

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