Land of the Giants: And so it begins

via blog.nj.com Players report for training camp today at UAlbany. All we can do is hope the season ends with a picture similar to this one.

New York Giants' players report for training camp today.

I will begin filing whatever reports I can following the first practice on Monday morning.

If you are heading into Albany any time this month to watch any of the workouts, drop me an e-mail at bigblueview@gmail.com. I'd love to say hello.

Here are a few links for your reading pleasure this morning.

Eli Manning sat down with Jerry Reese a few months back, and no, this was not a shocking case of the teacher’s pet being summoned to the principal’s office. Reese lets Tom Coughlin coach their football team, but the general manager has had his share of conversations with the Giants’ biggest star.

Only this one was a little different.

"I wanted to tell Eli to his face what we expected," Reese said.

And so tell it to Eli’s face the GM did.

"We’re going to put it on you," Reese told Manning. "We’re expecting you to bring some of these young guys along. One of the things that stood out about your play at Ole Miss was that you made everyone around you better. You won tough games in the toughest league in college football while you were playing with guys like me out there at wide receiver.

"We liked that about you before we drafted you. We want to see that from you this year." ...

Manning assured the GM he can count on his right arm.

"And I have no doubt that we can," Reese said. "It’s not just about Eli; it’s about the entire team. But if you’re a leader of one of our units, and Eli is the leader of our offense, then we expect you to stand out.

"Eli expects that from himself. He’s a motivated, driven guy. He’s experienced it all, he’s very confident, and he’s more mature now. He’s a Pro Bowler. We’re not waiting on him to develop anymore. He’s a full-grown quarterback, and so a lot of the onus will go on him."

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