Eli Man­ning down­plays age fac­tor as Giants open camp

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“Eli has to take care of him­self and get him­self ready to play men­tally and phys­i­cally,” Reese said Thurs­day. “When guys get up in age, you have to take care of them. There are a few guys on the squad that coach McA­doo and our staff, we’ve talked about, ‘OK, let’s make sure th­ese guys get to the game, get to the sea­son.’ You’ve got to pro­tect them in some ways.”

Man­ning down­played the so-called pitch count. He said he has been on one since Ben McA­doo took over as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in 2014 and then be­came the head coach last sea­son.

It’s not so much a pitch count. Man­ning throws more on some days and less on oth­ers. On the days he throws less, he works more with the starters.

Man­ning is ex­cited about the changes the team has made in the off­sea­son. For­mer Jets wide­out Bran­don Mar­shall was signed as a free agent and New York drafted quick tight end Evan En­gram in the first round.

The ad­di­tions should make it tougher for op­po­nents to dou­ble play­mak­ing re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr., while cre­at­ing mis­matches for Man­ning to ex­ploit if he gets the time to throw.

“I’m ex­cited about the year, just know­ing the guys and the char­ac­ter that we have on this team,” Man­ning said. “Guys have worked hard in the spring; we got bet­ter and added some el­e­ments, and so I’m ex­cited about rais­ing our level of play and be­ing ex­plo­sive on of­fense and scor­ing points and hav­ing a strong de­fense. So, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are there. We just got to get to work and we got to make it hap­pen.”

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