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Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Eli Manning Has Balance Between Fatherhood and Football

June 15th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! And Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! Big Blue will begin their mandatory mini-camp next week and each practice will be open to the media. So before we're overwhelmed with news and updates, we offer you the following morning headlines to enjoy over that first cup of coffee.

NY Giants QB Eli Manning Finds a Balance Between Fatherhood and Football

In the New York Giants’ offensive huddle, quarterback Eli Manning is the leader, the signal-caller and the brains of the operation that sets up the calls, makes the reads and tries to put his teammates in a position to be successful with the ball in their hands.

Around the community, he’s become the face of the franchise, his image emblazoned on billboards and on television commercials promoting his various product and marketing endorsements.

But away from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, the Giants’ team facility, Manning is known as “daddy” to two adorable little girls, Ava, three years old, and Lucy, one.

"When I’m at the Giants facility, I’m focused on learning this offense, practicing, getting better and being with my teammates. I stay after practice a little bit longer and get my preparation because I know once I get home, I know that if my kids are awake, there’s no sitting around and doing studying.

"It’s all being outside and playing with them and then once they go to bed, I’m still doing a lot of preparation at night and getting ready for that next practice so it all feels like I’m in season right now with getting prepared for each practice."

Not Surprisingly, Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. Loves Soccer

Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stood overlooking the Giants' practice field Thursday, but his thoughts were more on futbol than football.

The Giants' first-round pick said he started playing soccer when he was 3 and still keeps up with the game. And, yes, he plans to watch as much World Cup action as possible.

"It was my first love," the 5-11, 198-pounder out of LSU said. "My coach actually tried to get me on the national team when I was like 13, 14, but to do the soccer thing, you really have to go overseas. It was a decision at a young age that I didn't really want to leave my family. It was one of those things where I had to let it go, even though I still think about it to this day."

Giants Tight End Competition Appears Wide Open

We've written this before, but it bears repeating — the Giants currently have five tight ends on the roster with a grand total of six catches in the NFL last season.

That's a scary thought. But also, a golden opportunity for Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Kellen Davis, Daniel Fells and Xavier Grimble.

Coach Tom Coughlin clearly hopes one of the younger players will emerge over the course of the summer and be ready to start come September. For the second straight week, when asked about the tight end situation Thursday, Coughlin immediately steered the conversation in that direction.

"What I do like," Coughlin said, "is the fact that the young guys have jumped in there and done, I think, a good job of understanding what’s been asked of them and really doing well in limiting their assignment errors."

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells, Eli Manning, Football, Kellen Davis, Larry Donnell, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Coughlin, Xavier Grimble

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