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Jerry Reese: Takeaways from what Giants’ GM would talk about on Monday

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Reese addresses variety of topics, mostly concerning the play of the offense

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We already addressed what New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese would not talk about on Monday during his annual midseason press conference. Now, let’s turn to six takeaways from the things Reese was willing to discuss.

On the offensive line ...

“I think they’re good enough. We need to do better obviously, we need to run the ball better. That starts with the offensive line … Our offensive line has done well so far we think. We can definitely be better, but they’ve held up well.”

On Ereck Flowers specifically ...

“Ereck has done OK. Ereck is still a young player. He’s 21 now and he’s played a season-and-a-half. We think he still has a lot of upside and he’ll continue to improve ... He’s our left tackle going forward right now. We’ll keep all of our options open.”

On second-year right tackle Bobby Hart, who has started in place of the injured Marshall Newhouse ...

“Bobby’s done OK. He’s been a little bit inconsistent, but overall I think he’s done a nice job.”

On the struggling offense ...

“We definitely need to pick up the pace offensively ... I think we have the right play callers, I think we have the right personnel. We’ve just gotta get out there and do it, make it happen. We can’t go out there and just think it’s going to happen, we’ve gotta go out there and make it happen.”

On Tuesday’s trade deadline ...

“We’ve had some conversations. There’s always some chatter this time of the year ... Lot of talk and not much action usually at the trade deadline.”

On the team’s lack of sacks ...

“Sacks are a little bit overrated. You’ve gotta get the quarterback off his launch point and we’ve been able to do that a little bit better … We’re hoping to continue to do that. Sacks can come in bunches. I think we’ve done a decent job of getting the quarterback off his spot.”

On Eli Manning ...

“I see a veteran who knows what he’s doing … we should have the advantage (in the NFC East) b/c we do have a veteran quarterback and he’s seen everything.”

On the fact that Manning is 35 ...

“We still think he has a strong skill set and we can win a lot of football games with him. Eli’s not going to play forever but we still think he has a lot of football left in him.”

On supporting rookie coach Ben McAdoo ...

“I give Ben all the support that I can give him, but Ben’s a big boy, he’s a great communicator, he’s very smart, he works hard. He’s got this. I’m not worried about Ben.”