Although the New York Giants will start training camp earlier than all teams not named the Buffalo Bills, four-plus weeks off is still a lot of time when you consider the team is trying to learn a new offense, has a multitude of new faces and have had several players miss time with injury. However, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), all non-injured players are required to stay away from team facilities until the start of camp, so there will be no official workouts allowed.
It's for that reason quarterback Eli Manning may try to organize some unofficial team workouts similar to those he holds yearly at Duke University prior to the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
"We just have to see," Manning told The Star-Ledger about possibly organizing workouts. "Maybe a couple. A lot of people are traveling around doing things, so it makes it somewhat difficult because you can't do it [at the team facility] with the CBA and all of those rules. … If we can hopefully maybe get together somewhere, it would be good to get some work done."
The issue facing Manning and any attempt at organization is the wide range of locations his teammates call home. Although Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham are likely to be nearby, Odell Beckham Jr. is out in Arizona, Jerrel Jernigan is in Alabama, Rueben Randle is in Louisiana and many other players will be headed down to the University of Miami.
The one thing Manning has going for him, other than being a captain and unquestioned leader of the offense, is the Manning Passing Academy which will be held on July 10th through the 13th this year. Randle is already slated to attend, and there's a good chance other receivers will follow suit. If that happens, Manning & Co. will have at least four additional days to workout and prepare for the 2014 season.
In the mean time, it's all about staying on top of things for Easy-E.
"I think you just keep getting in the weight room, make sure your conditioning is well, make sure you come into training camp as healthy as possible and in the best shape. Keep reviewing some of the scripts that we have or some of the practices that we have, going over them, keep going over them," Manning said. "For me, going over the words, making calls out loud to be able to verbalize everything so I think doing all of those things so when we come back for training camp we haven't taken a step backwards, we're where we left off if not even better at some things, having some questions and a better understanding of what we're trying to do."
Players will report back to team facilities on July 21st for their physicals, with the first official training camp practice coming on July 22nd at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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