Eli Manning says the joint training camp with the Bengals should stay civilized this year because there is no Jeremy Shockey around like the last time the Giants did one.
Eli Manning doesn’t expect the Giants’ joint training camp practice to end the way their last one did. Why? Because a certain loudmouthed tight end is no longer on the team.
On Wednesday, Manning was asked about the Giants’ new training camp move, a joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 11-12. And the Giants quarterback liked the idea, now that tight end Jeremy Shockey is out of East Rutherford.
“Shockey’s not here anymore, so I think we’ll have a shot to keep it civilized,” Manning said.
When the Giants last staged a joint practice it was at the University of Albany with the Jets in 2005, and Shockey started a fight with several Gang Green players. Shockey has been out of football since 2011.
“Giants and Jets, the whole deal,” Manning said. “With the Bengals I think we’ll be able to keep it civilized. The two coaches (Tom Coughlin and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis) that are conducting this both want to get something out of it and keep it productive.”
Manning added that he loves the idea of varying things in training camp. “I think it’s good in training camp to mix it up and get some new blood in there and get some different looks.”
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