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Eli Manning tears apart Giants defense at training camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s first pass of live drills this summer was intercepted by linebacker Devon Kennard. Since that point, now 10 days and eight practices later, Manning has not thrown another interception.

For a quarterback with Manning's history, this is quite the accomplishment. Two years ago, when the Giants were installing Ben McAdoo's offense, Manning was throwing multiple interceptions every day at training camp. He's a completely different quarterback now. He's in total command of the offense and has looked poised in the pocket while picking apart the defense.

It appeared that way again on Monday, when Manning closed the team portion of drills by perfectly executing a no-huddle, two-minute drill. Manning completed three passes to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., including a perfectly threaded touchdown toss between cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins. Collins was turned around on the play.

Beckham and Manning were on the same page, as if they hadn't missed a beat despite Beckham missing most of last week with a leg injury.

“I feel like I’m having a good camp,” Manning said. “I feel like I’m playing fast, seeing things well and throwing the ball accurately. So we have to keep that going.”

Manning, 35, hasn’t shown any signs of arm fatigue or overall deterioration. In fact, McAdoo, now the head coach after two years as the Giants offensive coordinator, only sees improvement.

“He's getting better,” McAdoo said.

If Monday were any indication, it’s hard to argue. Manning completed 16 of his 17 pass attempts during live drills, according to NJ Advance Media’s Dan Duggan. The quarterback found Beckham for a pair of red zone touchdowns.

Manning’s decision-making has been solid. His knowledge and understanding of the offense has admittedly grown. His ball placement and arm strength have been solid.

Training camp has gone well so far for the Giants’ starting quarterback, who still manages to fly under the radar despite winning two Super Bowls.

“Eli's been sharp. He's worked at it in the offseason, had some good looks and good work in the offseason training program,” McAdoo said. “He's been sharp so far. First pass, he got that out of the way quick, the turnover, but he's been sharp since then.”

Owa standing out

Defensive line coach Patrick Graham was happy with what he saw from end Owa Odighizuwa. That much was evident for anyone within miles of the new assistant coach after a defensive series Monday during 11-on-11 drills.

Odighizuwa stuffed two of three plays during one series. The final stop was on a screen pass that he sniffed out from his right defensive end position.

Let’s just say Graham was excited as he greeted Odighizuwa coming off the field.

More big plays

Wide receiver Tavarres King continued to build on his strong start to training camp. He sprinted deep down the field for a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib. Wide receiver Roger Lewis later collected a pass for a 50-yard gain. Both long plays came against cornerback Leon McFadden and safety Mykkele Thompson.

Attendance

Every Giant not on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list practiced, except for defensive lineman Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring). They again worked on a side field with trainers.

Other observations

Defensive lineman Kerry Wynn seems to be the chosen one. He’s the defensive end who has been working on the interior as a pass-rusher in nickel packages. ... Keenan Robinson appears to be making strides in the middle linebacker competition. He had a nice run stuff Monday and worked at times in the first-team nickel-defense package. ... Leon Hall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie split the first-team slot cornerback duties. Trevin Wade played exclusively on the outside.