Coach Eli Manning? On Friday, you’d better believe it.
The Giants’ quarterback traded his helmet for a red hat, a play sheet and a pen while overseeing the team’s light practice, which coach Ben McAdoo gave several veterans off.
Manning could be seen barking to the offense and making notes on his knee, and McAdoo said it was what it looked like.
“Eli had a chance to call some plays today,” the coach said with a smirk. “We wanted to give him a chance to stay dialed in mentally and get those mental reps.”
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McAdoo then was jokingly asked if he will still call the offense’s plays when the season starts.
“Yeah, Eli (had to employ) a little empathy today,” the coach said. “He got to see how challenging it really is.”
Rookie quarterback Davis Webb gave Manning his stamp of approval.
“It’s kind of fun to hear him on the headsets today,” Webb said. “He did a good job.”
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Brandon Marshall, Damon (Snacks) Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jonathan Casillas also were held out for some extra rest.
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McAdoo’s shortened, jog-through practice was part of what he calls REM Fridays, meaning he starts practice an hour later to give players extra sleep and goes easier on their bodies. But he’ll “crank it back up” for a “heavy situational football day” on Saturday
“The reason why we’re doing it is because it’s what’s best for them physically at this point. It’s not what we’d like to do, but it’s the right thing to do,” McAdoo said. “So we need to make sure we focus on the mental part of the game – that’s a big part of it. Communication is big; visually and verbal, clear and concise and complete communication is important. Just keeping yourself in a good football position, and making sure we don’t get into any bad habits. We gained some progress over the last three days, and we want that to continue.”
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WEBB CATCHING ON
While Geno Smith and Josh Johnson duke it out to be the Giants’ backup quarterback, rookie Davis Webb is taking advantage of his time in 7-on-7 drills.
“Seven on seven is a great chance for me to maximize my reps,” Webb said. “For me it’s to get reps, steal some reps and take advantage of footwork and things I’ve been learning as I watch Eli go through his reps, Josh and Geno and pull it together.”
McAdoo said linebacker Keenan Robinson was still on concussion protocol … RB Shane Vereen and DE Devin Taylor were back on the field for Friday’s jog-through practice after battling “lower body soreness,” as well as CB Valentino Blake (back).
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