Five news items to start your day (5/13)

Posted May 13, 2014

Get caught up with the latest Big Blue happenings

1. Eli and Peyton fought over Odell.’s Michael Eisen caught up with Eli Manning, who had this to say about first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr.: “Odell is someone I have worked out with some over the years. I think the first time I threw to Odell, he was a junior in high school. I went back to Newman and talked to the coach; I said, ‘Peyton and I need a few guys to throw with’ and to make sure some guys were out around the school at 3 o’clock. Peyton and I were fighting to throw to Odell. He was at a different level at that time than the other high school receivers.” 

2. Eli approaching six-week mark. Eli Manning also gave an update as he continues his recovery from an ankle procedure. “(I am) doing all of the passing, doing all of the drills, so I feel great, feel like I’m ready to go,” he said. “I think we’re kind of waiting until we hit that six-week mark until they fully let me do everything. But I feel right on my way and should be ready soon.”

3. Rookies arrive. The Giants’ 2014 rookie class reported to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday. View photos of the players gearing up in their new colors:

4. Making the cut. looks at undrafted rookie free agents who have made the final roster in Tom Coughlin’s tenure with the New York Giants.

5. Draft draws record numbers. Coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft on NFL Network, ESPN & ESPN2 reached 45.7 million people across the three days, topping the previous record set in 2010, according to The Nielsen Company. The number of viewers that watched some part of the draft over the combined three days topped the previous record of 45.4 million set in 2010. In addition, the 2014 NFL Draft was the biggest NFL Draft ever on Twitter. In total, more than 9.6 million tweets were sent about the 2014 NFL Draft, up 211 percent from 2013. An average of 10 million people per day saw tweets about the 2014 NFL Draft over the three-day event, according to Nielsen Social Guide.