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Eli Manning calm as always during offensive struggles


Eli Manning continues to be cool, calm, and collected even when times are tough:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.– As he has been numerous times in his career, Eli Manning today was the calm amid the Giants' storm.

The team is under fire from the media for its 0-2 start and struggling offense, and the offensive line has been harshly critiqued in the stands and on message boards. Manning hasn't escaped unscathed, having been criticized by coach Ben McAdoo for taking a bad delay of game penalty and a poorly-thrown pass that resulted in an interception in a 24-10 loss to Detroit on Monday night.

After the Giants held a 90-minute jog-thru to begin preparing for their game Sunday in Philadelphia, Manning stood at his locker and used the wisdom and calm demeanor of a 14-year veteran to put it all in perspective.

"(McAdoo) is talking about the interception and the delay of the game," Manning said. "Those are the two plays, those are on the quarterback and those always will be. So that's just part of it.

"He knows I can take it. If you've played 14 years in New York, you've been criticized. You can take pretty much whatever they throw at you. So Coach McAdoo and I are on the same page and anything he says – whether it's to the media, to me, to the team – it's all for the better of the team and I'm okay with it."

McAdoo, who said the penalty resulted from "sloppy quarterback play," was asked if he felt it necessary to reach out to Manning.

"Getting the ball snapped before the clock runs out – no," McAdoo said. "If Eli has anything he needs to talk to me about, my door is open. We spend a lot of time together during the week." To Manning, getting criticized and second-guessed is as much a part of his job as taking snaps and throwing passes. While mostly positive and protective, Tom Coughlin would not hesitate to publicly chastise Manning if he believed it was warranted during their 12 years together. And each time it happened, as he did today, Manning delivered a verbal shrug.

"It's part of being in the NFL," Manning said. "You can't be sensitive and I think everyone's gotten very sensitive – players and everybody. If someone says anything negative about you, or you did something wrong, then you've got a problem. Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship. I think he understands that. I told him when he first got here, 'I enjoy being coached, if I screw something up, let me know.' I want to be coached, so we talked about things and there's some things I've got to do that I've got to be better at."

Manning always presents a positive front, and he stressed today that he hasn't lost confidence in his line, his team, and especially himself.

"I think you've just got to believe that going through tough times will make you stronger, will make you stronger as a team," Manning said. "But you've got to get through them. That's kind of the situation we're in. There's always going to be ups and downs of a season. Hopefully, we've kind of hit the rough patch and we'll work ourselves out of it. But it's just going to come through our hard work, our dedication, our commitment to fix things."

They can begin to prove that on Sunday.

*Four Giants did not participate in the team's jog-thru practice today, including two who were inactive Monday night (linebacker B.J. Goodson, shin and cornerback Janoris Jenkins, ankle), and two who were injured against Detroit (tackle Bobby Hart, who started but aggravated a previous ankle injury, and linebacker J.T. Thomas, groin),

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (concussion) were limited.

McAdoo said Engram is in the NFL concussion protocol. Beckham, "was in a limited role today and we'll monitor him as the week goes on."

*Asked if he will call the offensive plays against the Eagles, McAdoo said, "we'll see." He added the decision is his alone, and he would not publicly announce a change if he makes one. McAdoo has called the plays since coming to the Giants as the offensive coordinator in 2014. If he relinquishes those duties, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will do it.

*"Besides me (or the other quarterbacks), I don't know if anybody would notice who's calling the other plays," Manning said. "I don't think it's the playcalling that's been the problem, I think it's the execution."

*Denny Marcin, the Giants' defensive line coach from 1997-2003 under Jim Fassel, passed away today at his home in Southport, N.C. following a long illness.

*Leftover statistics from the Detroit game:

*The Giants did not score in the fourth quarter against the Lions. In the 2016 regular season, they won all three games in which they were shut out in the final quarter, against Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas – all at home.

*The Giants sacked Matthew Stafford three times. It was the seventh game in which they registered at least three sacks in McAdoo's tenure, but the first time they lost.

*Manning is now 21-21 in September starts.

*Engram, the team's first-round draft choice this year, scored the Giants' only touchdown on an 18-yard reception and became the 46th different player to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Manning.

*That touchdown was Manning's 100th touchdown pass a second quarter. That is his most prolific quarter for scoring passes, followed by the fourth (97).

*The Giants signed wide receiver Ed Eagan to their practice squad. Eagan was with the Giants from Aug. 18 until he was waived on Sept. 2.

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