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Giants Now: Victor Cruz, Joe La Puma talk Eli


Victor Cruz, Joe La Puma talk Eli Manning on The Complex Sneakers Podcast

Eli Manning has had some interesting experiences with various guests on The Eli Manning Show. From playing pop-a-shot with Kevin Durant to eating Italian food with cast members from The Sopranos, it's been an eye-opening few months for the legendary Giants quarterback.

Last month, Manning traveled to Bushwick, Brooklyn to go vintage shopping with former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. The two checked out the collection of a Giants superfan before hitting the streets of Brooklyn with Eli decked out in Giants gear.

Soon after, an episode of Eli's Extras was released where Manning was joined by Complex's Joe La Puma at Williamsburg Pizza. The two made their own pie with the help of the World's Best Pizza Maker.

This week, Cruz made an appearance on The Complex Sneakers Podcast, where La Puma serves as one of the hosts. Both Cruz and La Puma exchanged hilarious stories from their experience with the former quarterback, which can be found around the 34:00 mark in the podcast.

"It's been good to see him out of his shell a little bit," Cruz said about Manning on the podcast.

"His personality, you always told me that he's like very witty, very funny, and it's really shining through," La Puma added.

Notebook: 6 Giants added to Reserve/COVID-19 list

The professional sports world isn’t as immunized against COVID-19 as it hoped to be by now, and the NFL and the Giants are no exceptions.

On Monday, a record 37 players landed on the league's COVID reserve list. According to ESPN, that was followed by 29 more today, all but one due to positive tests. Seven teams are currently operating under enhanced COVID protocols, including the Los Angeles Rams, who earned a big victory in Arizona Monday night but have since closed their headquarters after 13 players were placed on the COVID list. In Cleveland, which hosts Las Vegas Saturday, both coach Kevin Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield have tested positive.

Five Giants players have tested positive since Monday: wide receivers Kadarius Toney and John Ross, linebackers Cam Brown and Oshane Ximines, and cornerback Aaron Robinson. In addition, safety Xavier McKinney is a high-risk close contact. All six players have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ross, Robinson, Brown, and McKinney played Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers. Toney and Ximines were inactive.

Coach Joe Judge would not disclose which of the players are vaccinated. Players who test positive after receiving a vaccination can return to the team after two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

As a close contact, if McKinney continues to test negative, he will be allowed to return to the Giants facility on Saturday and would be able to play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium.

All the affected players are participating in meetings remotely.

Judge said the Giants are considering holding all meetings remotely, a common practice during the 2020 season.

"We've had a couple of things pop internally ourselves today," Judge said. "All the players are in masks; they're all spaced out. We're making sure that everybody is completely aired out. We're in the bubble behind you where there's more air. We'll make sure that we're safe throughout the remainder of the day. Anyone who's been involved in any kind of a close contact or test at this point has either been removed or separated from the team and they're in virtual meetings. We'll talk as a staff and I'll talk with the captains today about the remainder of the week of handling meetings partially virtual and then getting the guys over here to practice. We've done that in the past and it has worked smoothly."

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