In the end zone of a practice field was on Wednesday in the mini camp of the Giants no scoreboard lit.
Eli Manning said he also did not have a mental scorecard for the play-by-play action conducted between him and Daniel Jones. He did not need that. Everyone else will do it for him.
For the first time in his career, Manning practices with his successor in the same field. After Manning took his snapshots in the first-team crime, Jones is right behind him with the second unit. Although Manning is the clear starter for Jones fighting for reserve service, each one of his steps is recorded and compared to the day the first choice supplants the two-time Super Bowl champion.
It's just a minicamp now Soon there will be a training camp, and then the clock will be on in the regular season. Both had great efforts on Wednesday ̵
"I mean, you're driven just because it's football and you have a job and you want to win games," Manning said. "That's what drives you, out there, and wins, you work hard to do that, and you deserve to win games, and the team to win games, I think that's what you do brings to work hard in the offseason and compete in training every day. "
Jones made headlines on Tuesday feigning a handover and keeping her to himself, running wild with some bursts of teammates across the field.
Manning's posts on Wednesday did not have the same reaction, but the 38-year-old quietly followed his reruns and shot some strong, deep balls to Corey Coleman and Rhett Ellison.
"My attitude is just," Hey, I have to do my job, I have to compete and do plays, "Manning said." That's what you're trying to do. Every day in practice, you have to make good decisions, do the pieces that you want to do, be focused, and be ready. And help everyone in the quarterback room, receiver room, and everyone else prepare to play.
Since Manning took on Kurt Warner as a rookie in 2004, he had never had a real threat behind him. Even as the Giants designed Davis Webb as a possible longer-term replacement in the third round of 2017, Manning still had three years left for his contract.
Now there is Jones, No. 6 in the April draft, and One more year on Manning's contract – not that he would admit that this makes a difference in his daily work.
"The practices are the same," said Manning. "Always competitive, always out there and doing well and performing the litters that need to be done."
What Manning said, felt different, was his consolation on offense, which began in his sophomore year under coach Pat Shurmur. He has a better sense of what to expect – he knows how his recipients use their routes and where his protection lies in certain games.
Broad receiver Sterling Shepard and offensive coordinator Mike Shula have also noted the improved conditioning of Manning Shula notes that he is in better shape than last year and is "really dialed in".
How all of this affects his ability to fend off Jones remains to be seen – though it will be more detailed this year, by the way.
"It's [about] maintenance," Manning said. "I think I've been trying to attack the things that have tormented me in the past, I'm fine right now, all you have to do now is make sure it stays that way."