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New York Giants news, 9/6: Eli Manning not worried about offense

QB confident despite preseason struggles

NFL: Preaseason-New England Patriots at New York Giants Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that he has “no concerns” stemming from the team’s struggles on offense throughout the preseason.

“Feel good about where we are right now and what we can do,” Manning said on Monday. “So we’ve just got to go and obviously do it on Sundays and do it when it counts and so, I feel good about where we are, how I feel within the offense, the players that we have and I think we'll be able to go out there and move the ball.”

Manning was asked how he approaches the team’s streak of four playoff-less seasons.

“You approach it, 'hey, this is week one, and you can't make the playoffs week one,' so you’ve got to play game-by-game and at the end of the year you can see where you’re standing, what you have to do but you still have to go and play each and every week and be prepared for every situation,” he said.

Manning played in only two preseason games, but entering his 13th season said he wasn’t concerned about his lack of snaps.

“I’ve got 13 years of a lot of regular season games and preseason, playoff games,” he said. “So I’ve got a lot of snaps under my belt and, you know, you want to get into preseason and get into a little rhythm but ultimately the goal is to get out healthy and get used to moving in the pocket, those types of things, but yeah, ready to go now.”

Victor Cruz will be emotional on Sunday

When Victor Cruz takes the field Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys it will be his first regular-season action in 700 days. He said Monday that his “emotions will be everywhere.”

“There are definitely some jitters. I get butterflies before every game until that ball is kicked off, but this one might have some extra butterflies,” Cruz said. “Just being able to run out there with my team again, being able to line up across from an opposing team in a Week 1 scenario playing football again. I think I am excited, I am anxious, emotions will be everywhere, so I am just excited for the opportunity to run out there and see what happens.”

Can he handle the rigors of a full game?

“I believe I am ready to play a full game. I have done great in my conditioning. I am in great shape, so I am ready for that regard. I think we are going to see. We will see how it goes, we will see how my body feels going into that third and fourth quarters and we will take it from there,” Cruz said. “But I feel like mentally I am definitely ready and physically I am ready for a full game, conditioning wise, but obviously, playing in a game we will see how it goes.”

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