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Eli Manning feels re-energized for 2014


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Eli Manning is re-energized. And it's not just because he spent the past weekend around 1,200 up-and-coming high school football players at the annual Manning Passing Academy.

Rather, learning a new offense for the first time since a rookie gave impetus to the 2014 season.

"It's re-energized me," Manning said of first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system, according to the New York Daily News. "I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months."

But before Manning opens his 11th training camp with the Giants next week, the franchise quarterback tended to the family business for the past four days in Thibodaux, La.

He, his brothers, Peyton and Cooper, and father, Archie, hosted their 19th annual passing academy at Nicholls State University. The camp attracts young players from around the country -- and world -- with a staff that includes coaches and players from the NFL, college, and high school ranks.

Among this year's counselors were Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, USC's Cody Kessler, Baylor's Bryce Petty, Oregon State's Sean Mannion, Ole Miss' Bo Wallace, and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

Meanwhile, Louisiana native Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' rookie wide receiver and first-round draft pick, made an appearance and took some one-on-one time with Eli.

Beckham has strong ties to the Manning clan. He attended Isidore Newman School, the New Orleans alma mater of the First Family of Football, before a decorated college career at LSU and being drafted in May.

However, the Giants selected Beckham with the 12th pick, well below the average of Eli and Peyton, who were taken No. 1 overall in their respective draft classes.

"Eli let Odell know that he's bringing down the average," Peyton said.

Eli Manning and his family wrapped up their 19th annual passing academy this weekend at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

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