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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Thursday morning headlines.

Eli Manning: “I’d love to throw it down the field”

The hot-button topic with the Giants quarterback continued on Wednesday to be the lack of downfield passing in the offense thus far this season. As he had previously in the week, Manning said that what throw to make is about assessing the risk involved.

“If you think you can complete the pass then you throw it. If you don’t, if it’s a risk, a turnover or throwing it into double coverage then that’s not what it’s about so yeah you try to put your playmakers in a position to get open and that’s what we’re doing,” Manning said. “Sometimes they take away certain things you got to check it down and try to get a first down and move the chains and live for another down, another opportunity coming up.”

Manning said Wednesday he would relish taking the deep shots — if they are available.

“Hey, I’d love to get some shots, I’d love to throw it down the field – hit some long ones and that’s fine and we may get some of those, but if not, still got to run your offense and you can score points,” he said I don’t care how you do it. It doesn’t matter if it’s throwing it deep, throwing it short. It’s a matter of hey we have to get the ball to the end zone.”

Landon Collins looking forward to return of OV

Linebacker Olivier Vernon could play this weekend for the first time this season. Defensive co-captain Landon Collins is happy about that.

“He means a lot to this defense. He’s a big part of it. We need him. I think he’s going to be back this week. He’s a big part of the defense,” Collins said. “He’s just a big part of the defense. He gets some sacks on the quarterback, definitely some TFL’s (tackle-for-loss). Big part of the defense.”

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