Eli Manning has been cleared to play from a neurological standpoint. Getting him to squeeze his stitched-up head into a helmet may be another matter. The quarterback was on the radio Tuesday guffawing about having to find a leather helmet and saying that it’s unlikely he’ll participate in Saturday’s game against the Steelers (irony of ironies, Ben Roethlisberger is supposed to play).
Anyway, that leaves the Giants with Jim Sorgi at the wheel when the team hits the practice field Wednesday afternoon for its next-to-last true training camp practice here in Albany. He had a pretty good night against the Jets on Monday and has made tremendous strides since the beginning of camp when he was balking at checks, stumbling through reads and looking very disorganized.
“You’re just out there trying to make plays,” he said of his performance in the preseason opener. “I’ve only been in the system for four months, so a week is a year compared to everybody else. I’m just getting more and more comfortable. The more comfortable I get the more I’ll be able to fix calls and know where I’m supposed to go at all times and know what everybody is doing. Once I get that down I think I’ll be all right.”
Sorgi said he’s ready to take over as the starter for a little while in the preseason. In fact, he said he thinks it might actually help the team.
“He knows what he’s doing out there,” Sorgi said of Eli and the Giants’ offense. “He doesn’t need these reps as much as me or Rhett [Bomar] need these reps. So if he doesn’t play next week, it’ll just give me a chance to go out there and play with the ones and get a little more comfortable with them and run the offense. If he does (play), I’ll do my job like I plan on doing and go from there.”