Don't tell Eli Manning, or his receivers, that the New York Giants quarterback is getting old. At the ripe old age of 34, entering his 12th season in the NFL and having thrown 5,609 professional passes, Manning appears to have found a little extra zip on his fastball.
Here is fourth-year wide receiver Rueben Randle on the increased arm strength Manning has been displaying during the offseason workouts and Tuesday at mini-camp.
"I would definitely agree with you on that," Randle said. "He overthrew me twice and I don't ever recall that happening. That is something we noticed down at Duke working with him. We noticed that his arm got stronger and that is exciting for us."
Manning's most impressive throw on Tuesday might have been a laser down the middle to tight end Daniel Fells for a 20-yard touchdown with rookie Landon Collins in coverage.
"I feel like I'm throwing it well," he said. "I feel like I got good juice on it and have a better feel for the offense coming in this spring than last year, so just keep getting better and keep trying to learn more concepts and get more familiar with some of the newer concepts we are doing and kind of expand within the offense."
Manning's comfort, and his fastball, are good signs for the Giants.