Eli Manning’s offseason ankle surgery has been the top concern for the New York Giants. After all, it’s the only thing separating this team from starting Ryan Nassib or Curtis Painter. Fortunately, it appears there’s no cause for concern anymore. If offseason workouts and OTAs have been any indication, it’s business as usual for Manning.
Manning told the New York Daily News that he’s been taking all the normal reps at OTAs and that he feels like he’ll be ready to go once the season starts up in September.
“All the OTAs, I’ve taken all the reps that I would normally take in a typical scenario. The ankle, I don’t think about it, don’t notice it. I go about practice and do everything and they’re not even worried about it. So, it hasn’t been an issue. No question I could play tomorrow.”
At least for the start of training camp, the Giants will have their quarterback, who has started 162 straight games, including the playoffs. Durability has never been a concern with Manning, but knee and ankle injuries can be worrisome for anyone, especially a quarterback, who relies so much on planting his feet.
While Manning struggled plenty in 2013 — he amassed the most interceptions in the league with 27 — he is still by far the best quarterback on the Giants roster and a two-time Super Bowl champion who has shown he can put a bad performance, or even a bad year, behind him. If Manning can return to his old form, the New York Giants should contend for the NFC East division crown.