clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

New York Giants' news, 12/5: Manning won't look back at 2004 deal

New York Giants' headlines for Thursday, 12/5.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Why did Eli Manning not want to play for the San Diego Chargers, instead demanding a trade when the Chargers made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2004?

"I forgot, I think," Manning said on Wednesday.

That, friends, is a classic case of selective memory. Simply put, it's an event Manning had no desire to rehash, so he refused to do so.

Manning did add this:

"I’ve never looked back on those things and I think it’s worked out well for both programs."

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, whom the Giants drafted and traded for Manning, said Wednesday that he doesn't think about what might have been for him in New York because "I didn't really think the Giants was a realistic spot for me, but when they drafted me it must be something going on with San Diego."

Rolle: Tuck's 'still got it'

Antrel Rolle, asked about Justin Tuck winning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, lauded his teammate:

"This is really the guy that I've seen since I was over in Brazil watching him play the Super Bowl. The guy I've seen played tons of great football here. It doesn't surprise me that he comes out and has a four-sack game. He's been working extremely hard all year long and it finally just paid off for him," Rolle said.

Around the Inter-Google

Jason Pierre-Paul has made it clear he wants to play again this season. After a season wrecked first by offseason back surgery and now a shoulder injury that has him "rushing with one arm" Pierre-Paul is, however, looking forward to a much better 2014 season.

"When I come back next year, I don't think there's going to be a tackle in the league who can stop me," Pierre-Paul said.

The shoulder injury kept him from practicing Wednesday.

"It was painful," Pierre-Paul said. "What I expected to do, I didn't do. It got to a point where I could only go out there on third downs, basically. I'm out there rushing with one arm, and I'm trying. But you get to a point where you can't be Superman. You've got to come out and hope the next guy can do better than you."

Brandon Jacobs had a sometimes tumultuous stay with the Giants his first time around. After an unsuccessful stint in San Francisco and being out of the league at the beginning of this season Jacobs has realized he belongs with the Giants.

"There is no place in the National Football League I'd rather be than 1925 Giants Drive. Nowhere," said Jacobs, who missed Sunday night's win in Washington with a knee injury. "We could have went 0-16, I would be happy and smiling in this locker room because I'm a Giant at heart. I love this organization. I love these fans. I love that 'NY.'

"There is not a better place for me. I'd rather be here than go somewhere and be undefeated. This is where I belong."

Jacobs, 31, has been limited by a knee injury that will require surgery in the offseason. He doesn't know if he will play again after this season.

"I’m not quite sure right now," Jacobs said. "My knee being the way it is, it’s definitely fixable. I’ll see where I am after that. Whatever happens, happens. Who knows?"

Left tackle Will Beatty has allowed 10 of the 31 sacks of Eli Manning surrendered by the Giants this season. After signing a five-year, $37.5-million contract in the offseason Beatty says he has tried too hard to justify the deal.

"You want to call that an anomaly, you want to call it something you definitely need to continue to improve and work on," Beatty said. "I know I came in to this year trying to do way too much, trying to change who I was to fulfill the media hype."