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    Back to Basics

    November 7, 2012 7:02 PM
    Manning, WRs do training camp one-on-one drills in midseason practice

    BY Ebenezer Samuel

    Eli Manning dropped back and watched Victor Cruz working against a single cornerback on an empty football field. Manning delivered a throw in rhythm. And then he did it again, as another receiver worked one-on-one against another corner.


    And again. And again. And again.


    It’s a simple one-on-one drill that performed regularly in training camps. But this is what it’s come down to for the Giants’ struggling aerial attack. On Tuesday, coach Tom Coughlin met with Manning to discuss the team’s recent offensive doldrums. And then on Wednesday, midway through the regular season, the Giants took a mid-practice break from their preparations for Sunday’s game against the Bengals to work through a training camp drill.


    “We just threw it in,” wideout Victor Cruz said. “Once the season starts, we normally don’t do that as much as in training camp. We just threw it in there, just to get some timing down.”


    It’s all because a high-flying air attack has been grounded for the better part of four games. Since his 259-yard, three-TD effort against the Browns on Oct. 7, Manning has averaged just 211.8 passing yards per game. He’s thrown just two touchdown passes against four interceptions in his last four games, gradually falling off after a brilliant start to the season.


    The nadir came on Sunday against the Steelers. Manning passed for 125 yards, his lowest full-game total since he threw for 111 yards against the Bills on Dec. 23, 2007, and Cruz and Hakeem Nicks combined for 77 receiving yards, the second straight week that they managed less than 100 yards.


    Manning’s meeting with Coughlin was simple, the coach said, and the two discussed “fundamentals and about getting us going.”


    “Just how to get back on track, get back to playing at a high level,” Manning added. “Both of us want the same thing, for our offense to get back rolling and start scoring some points.”


    Thing is, opponents have learned how to contain Cruz and Nicks. A season ago, they were arguably the league’s most unstoppable pairing of receivers. Both players topped 1,000 yards; the only other wideout tandem to pull that off was Pittsburgh’s duo of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.


    But this season, foot and knee woes continue to prevent Nicks from operating at full speed, and even Cruz admitted that the Giants are “just waiting for him to get healthy and we’ll be all right.” And defenses respect Cruz and Nicks so much that they’re double-covering both guys this season, at the risk of leaving other Giants open.


    “That means that somebody, whether it be the tight end or that third receiver, they’re gonna have some one-on-one coverage,” Cruz said. “Teams are gambling.”


    And since the Week 7 win over the Cowboys, opponents are also being aggressive with Cruz and Nicks at the line. Cruz said he now sees regular bump-and-run coverage even when he lines up in the slot, and the extra jostling has changed many of the reads that Manning makes.


    When Cruz and Manning are on the same page, as they were on their 77-yard game-winning TD against the Redskins three weeks ago, the Giants passing attack still seems brilliant.


    But too often, Cruz said, they haven’t been.


    “Sometimes, it’s just a miscue, where the receiver may be running in and Eli thinks he’s sitting down,” Cruz said. “Once we know each other’s body language more and more, we’ll be OK.”


    “I’ve gotta read the body language of the receivers,” Manning added.

    Wednesday’s drill was supposed to help with that. Six Giants receivers got two tries each, and the Giants hope that’s all they needed. They’re still the same group that set the league afire last season and torched the Bucs for 604 total yards in Week 2, Manning said.


    “We don’t have to go rewrite the book here,” he said. “It’s just a matter of keep working at it and we’ll get better.”
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    Idk if anyone would agree with me but I think this offense misses Sullivan a bit, Tampa's passing game has made a total 360 and trust me its not Schiano..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY007 View Post
    Idk if anyone would agree with me but I think this offense misses Sullivan a bit, Tampa's passing game has made a total 360 and trust me its not Schiano..
    It's not Sullivan. Nicks isn't healthy, Dielh is back and we lack a running game which unables the play action pass which Eli kills defenses with.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Giants #1 Fan View Post
    It's not Sullivan. Nicks isn't healthy, Dielh is back and we lack a running game which unables the play action pass which Eli kills defenses with.
    Diehl hurt us way more than helped, Eli looked so uncomfortable last week. Nicks aint running good, and Gilbride has gone with an injured RB (Bradshaw).

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    I wanna see more of Wilson . We all know he can break a big one and that will help the play action so much ...

    steal of the draft cleanthony early

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giants #1 Fan View Post
    It's not Sullivan. Nicks isn't healthy, Dielh is back and we lack a running game which unables the play action pass which Eli kills defenses with.
    No doubt that those factors have something to do with it.. But I do believe this offense misses a mind like Sullivan.. But we didn't have a running game last year either..

    I finally got to watch the steelers game on tv, just a horrible performance offensively.. It's gotten worse and worse every week since the 2nd half of the SF game.. Eli just hasn't been ELIte since then.. I raised my concern about him even after such a great win, hasn't gotten back on track since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYKNYGNYY View Post
    I wanna see more of Wilson . We all know he can break a big one and that will help the play action so much ...
    I agree with this 100% when the offense is in idle the way it was you gotta put this kid in, he can easily spark this offense..

    Coughlin is driving me nuts when it comes to him..

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