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After coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that the offense is "way ahead" of where it was at this point last year, Manning put up a big practice during Thursday's organized team activities. The franchise quarterback, who is entering his 12th season, threw two touchdowns during 11-on-11 drills, one to tight end Adrien Robinson and the other to wide receiver Preston Parker. Manning is relishing the second offseason in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system.

"It was important having this last month – watching the film, talking a lot about the mechanics, the footwork, being able to go outside with him and working on a lot of drill work," Manning said recently during OTAs. "A lot of it is stuff I wasn't able to do last year.  I was coming off the ankle surgery, I had a new offense – of lot of things going through the mind, trying to figure out concepts.

"This year, I understand the concepts. I'm still working on it, but I'm concentrating on the footwork and the mechanics and the timing of everything. It was great to have that this year and kind of get back to the basics of everything. I feel comfortable, I feel real good right now."


As one of the primary positions that everyone had an eye on last summer, the tight end group will again have plenty of competition in 2015.

And with Larry Donnell, who had a breakout season in 2014 with 63 receptions for 623 yards and six touchdowns, sidelined for the time being with Achilles tendinitis, the other tight ends have an opportunity to show what they can do.

Robinson did that on Thursday with a nice diving touchdown catch from Manning in team drills.


Talking to the media at the beginning of the offseason workout program in late April, Amukamara didn't shy away from his individual goals, which include more interceptions, Pro Bowls and being the top cornerback on the team, as well as one day becoming the best in the league.

Meanwhile, Amukamara, who is preparing for his fifth season in the league, is becoming a leader on defense. Fellow corner Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie said this week that Amukamara has taken a vocal role and "we all follow his lead."

Leaders must produce, and Amukamara did that on Thursday with a nice play in the end zone.

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