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Giants at Bills 2016: Eli Manning “looking forward” to first action

Veteran quarterback doesn’t seem thrilled with having sat out first preseason game

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Eli Manning and Odell Beckham
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Thirteen seasons into his NFL career New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning made it plain earlier this week that getting reps in preseason games is important to him. Manning will gets his first preseason reps on Saturday when the Giants travel to face the Buffalo Bills, and said Thursday he is “looking forward” to the opportunity.

“I haven’t taken a hit or had some live action in a long time, so I am looking forward to getting out on the field, seeing what we can do with this offense, getting some live work with the receivers and running backs and offensive line,” Manning said. “We are going up against a good defense, multiple schemes, so it is going to be a good test for us and our communication on the road, using all of your --- things you have to do when you play on the road, so our communication and execution has to be good.”

Manning hinted that he wasn’t thrilled by coach Ben McAdoo’s decision not to play him last week against the Miami Dolphins.

“You have to listen to the coach’s orders,” he said. “It is not something that I ideally like ... there is a different feel when you know you aren’t going to get out there on the field.”

Manning said there was also some miscommunication the day of the game regarding what was expected of him.

“Everything kind of got a little thrown off,” Manning said. “I was told that I wasn’t going to dress at all and so I came in here early that day and got a full workout in and a run and did some things, so I was going to go out and just do a pre pregame and do some throwing with Odell and a few guys and then I was told that I had to dress and go through warm ups, so it changed my plan a little bit, but we went through that, but I didn’t take a whole lot of reps.”

Regardless, that is in the past and Manning is excited about the chance to get some game action with some of the team’s young wide receivers.

“I think the preseason games are very helpful. Every rep, every practice rep [helps],” he said. “You get certain concepts and certain routes, but going against different technique, different looks, different forms of defense, you are going to get a different reaction, so I think every live rep counts a little bit extra when you get in the game, in the preseason game, so I am looking forward to getting out there and working some concepts with some of the young guys and getting on the same page with them, making sure that we are where we need to be.”

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“I definitely did some things that were uncharacteristic of me,” Nassib said. “We definitely strive to protect the football here, that’s our number one priority. Those turnovers definitely didn’t reflect that.”

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