Eli Man­ning down­plays age fac­tor as Giants open camp

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EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Don’t bother talk­ing to Eli Man­ning about his age.

En­ter­ing his 14th sea­son, the 36year-old New York Giants quar­ter­back just smiled Fri­day when asked about the num­ber and com­ments by gen­eral man­ager Jerry Reese that the two-time Su­per Bowl MVP will be on some­what of a pitch count in train­ing camp.

The goal seem­ingly is to limit the wear and tear on the “old guy’s” arm head­ing into a sea­son when the Giants have high hopes fol­low­ing their first play­off berth since win­ning the Lom­bardi Tro­phy in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

“I know how old I am,” Man­ning said af­ter the Giants held their first train­ing camp work­out. “I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with be­ing 36. I’m proud of it. Hey, I feel good. I can still make all the throws. I can still run around when I need to. So, it is what it is. But I don’t see my­self slow­ing down at all and I feel like I still got great foot­ball ahead of me.”

Giants agrees.

“He shows no signs to me of slow­ing down,” Mara said. “He is highly mo­ti­vated to win an­other cham­pi­onship. To me, he looks as good as he ever had, so we are ex­cited about him.”

The Giants’ of­fense did not have a good sea­son in 2016 de­spite mak­ing the play­offs. The unit was ranked 25th over­all, with the run game at No. 29 and the pass­ing game at No. 17.

Man­ning hit 377 of 598 passes for 4,027 yards, 26 touch­downs and 16 in­ter­cep­tions. His quar­ter­back rat­ing of 86.0 per­cent was in the lower third of the league.

One of the ma­jor prob­lems was the of­fen­sive line. There was no run­ning game and Man­ning was knocked down more than the Giants wanted, get­ting sacked 21 times and pun­ished by hits much more than that. co-owner John Mara

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