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16 years for Manning

Eli Manning begins his 16th season on Sunday. Something he said Wednesday pretty much summarizes how he feels about it:

“I didn’t know that until someone mentioned it this year — I think in the media, one of you nice fellas — and so, I didn’t know about it, but I guess it is something to be proud of and I’m just blessed to be with this organization, and no one has enjoyed playing for this organization more than I have, and I’ve been appreciative of it,” he said. “I have a great respect and love for the Giants and the whole history of the organization.”

Manning is hopeful as a new season begins.

“Just excited, excited about this team, the players we have, about the work we have been able to accomplish these last five weeks,” Manning said. “Looking forward to making all that count toward the first regular season game, in the division, on the road. A great opportunity for us to go out there and play well.”

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The worry: There’s pressure to play Daniel Jones early and the Giants won’t have enough talent to support him.

“Their biggest battle is dealing with the now but then planning for the future at the same time. Will they overuse Saquon Barkley? That would be another fear, that they just wear him down. They are on the rebuild, not entirely different from Miami. The offensive line, specifically the tackles and center, are concerning. They do not have the receiving weapons. Hopefully there are a couple cornerstone guys in the quarterback and halfback.”

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