New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says his surgically repaired left ankle is 100 percent, but admitted that he is a little nervous about having a new offensive system and coordinator this season.
Manning had arthroscopic surgery in the offseason after suffering a high ankle sprain in the team's final game.
“The ankle feels great, 100 percent. Don’t feel it, don’t think about it. It’s not an issue,’’ Manning said, via the New York Post. “I’m excited; excited to be in another training camp, get the season kicked off and get back to work. It’s an exciting time. This is what you look forward to.”
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Manning struggled through the 2013 season, throwing 18 touchdowns and an NFL-high 27 interceptions. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride announced his retirement after the season and was replaced by Ben McAdoo, who spent the last two seasons as the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach.
Manning says he will be more comfortable with the new offense with more repetitions and more plays.
"Yeah, it is different. You come into the season a little nervous; you just don’t have [the same comfort],’’ Manning said. “You have a good feel for it, but not to where I want it to be."
The Giants open their season on Sept. 8 on Monday Night Football in Detroit.
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