So much for New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning being "out for spring ball." Manning is far ahead of the prediction by general manager Jerry Reese, telling Giants.com that he is already on the field taking reps less than five week after surgery on his left ankle.
"I didn't know what the exact timetable was," Manning said. "They say six weeks; I never know if that's six weeks until you start rehabbing or six weeks until you're 100 percent. It will be five weeks coming up Thursday, but I feel good. I took some team reps today, took about half the reps of the team stuff (in the Giants' workout that is part of their offseason conditioning program).
"(I am) doing all of the passing, doing all of the drills, so I feel great, feel like I'm ready to go. I think we're kind of waiting until we hit that six-week mark until they fully let me do everything. But I feel right on my way and should be ready soon."
There had been indications recently that Manning might be farther along than Reese wanted people to know, the latest when coach Tom Coughlin said during the draft that Manning had "taken a snap here or there."
Jerry Reese on Eli "He's definitely ahead of schedule"— Michael Kay Show YES (@TMKSonYES) May 12, 2014
This, of course, is excellent news for the Giants. The more snaps Manning can take, and the faster he returns to full health, the more it should ease the transition to the new offense being installed by first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
The Giants, in the event Manning would miss time throughout the spring, have been collecting quarterbacks this offseason. Behind Manning they have Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter, Josh Freeman and Rusty Smith.