The injured New York Giants are unexpectedly hitting the field for OTAs and it couldn’t be a better sign for things to come. Unofficial workouts began Wednesday and everyone has seemed to hit the ground running.
No contact can be made between the athletes so not too much force is being put upon the injured. Ben McAdoo was on the field preparing his promised up-tempo, attacking offense and was able to unexpectedly work Eli Manning in.
According to Jerry Reese, Manning was not supposed to see the field anytime soon. The plan was to take it easy on him and let the quarterback fully recover and get him back on the field during mandatory mini camp in mid-June. Manning sported a boot after his ankle surgery on April 10, 2014 but was back on the field doing what he does best on Wednesday.
It is absolutely essential to the revival of the Giants’ offense to get Manning on the field and mesh with his new teammates and new coordinator. With McAdoo’s new schemes and addition of wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Manning has to make it a priority to learn sooner rather then later. With the retirement of Kevin Gilbride, Manning needs to disregard ten years of leading the offense one way and start anew.
According to a story on Giants.com, Manning took “quite a few snaps” but didn’t receive pressure from the defense to cause him to scramble. As of Thursday, the Giants have released quarterback Josh Freeman probably because of how quickly Manning has fallen back into the swing of things. This decision frees up roster space and makes me fairly certain Ryan Nassib will remain the backup quarterback and that they have faith in Manning’s full recovery.
Another injured Giant that hit the field was running back David Wilson. He missed almost all of last season due to a neck injury and underwent surgery during the offseason in hopes of being ready for this one. Wilson was able to practice with no contact but hopes to be cleared for contact after an MRI scheduled for next week. Wilson’s career hangs in the balance but the Giants have definitely prepared for the worst by signing Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams as running backs. If Wilson does come back they will stacked with options and backups for inevitable injuries.
The last Giant that was injured and I’m sure most were shocked to see practicing was Chris Snee. Snee has been dealing with hip and ankle issues since last season and the chances of him coming back at guard were looking bleak. However, according to Tom Coughlin, Snee’s injury “looks very good.” He went right onto the field and took first team snaps even though he’s not yet at 100 percent. Hopefully Snee is able to pull it back together and battle through, but if he can’t, Weston Richburg is there to give the spot a shot. The rookie normally plays center but he can be worked in as a guard.
The New York Giants have many back up options to throw in but hopefully the veterans can battle through the injuries. Most seem like they have a fighting chance, we’ll just have to wait and see how they do once contact starts.