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Giants’ news, 1/31: Eli Manning offers advice to Matt Ryan

Atlanta QB has been texting with only QB to beat Tom Brady in a Super Bowl

Super Bowl Opening Night at Minute Maid Park
Matt Ryan
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Eli Manning is, of course, the only quarterback to defeat Tom Brady in a Super Bowl, having done that twice. If Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are able to prevent Brady from winning his fifth title with the New England Patriots this Sunday in Super Bowl LI perhaps the New York Giants quarterback will have a hand in it.

Ryan, appearing in his first Super Bowl, has been texting with Manning in preparation for the game.

“I received text messages from Eli, and obviously I’ve gotten to know Eli throughout the years, and he’s a great guy. … I think his advice was, ‘You guys know yourselves, and you know what you do,’ ” Ryan said. “And at the end of the day, that’s probably some of the best advice you can get is to trust what we do and trust our process and who we are and how we do things. And I think we’ll be ready to go.”

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Tight end Martellus Bennett had an excellent season with the Giants in 2013, starting for the first time and catching a then-career best 55 passes. Bennett, though, was one and done with the Giants when they couldn’t match the free agent offer he got from the Chicago Bears. Bennett, prepping for the Super Bowl with the Patriots, can be a free agent again this offseason.

Would he return to the Giants?

“I love the Giants,” he said. “That was one of my favorite organizations. A lot of guys have been on the same team for so long so they always ask me about other organizations, and I always tell them how awesome the Giants were.”

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Rashad Jennings will be 32 next season, ancient for a running back. Coming off a season during which he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry it is fair to wonder if Jennings, entering the final season of a four-year, $10 million contract will be back with the Giants.

Jennings believes he will be.

"I expect to be back," Jennings told NJ Advance Media on Monday evening outside Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park. "And I definitely want to be back. I've got one more year on my contract, and I've got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again."

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