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Reese: Manning is Not 100%

Tom Rock, of Newsday, had a chance to sit down with GM Jerry Reese. Among the topics discussed were the health of Eli’s foot. Here’s the portion of the article dealing with that:

“I don’t think there’s any question that the injury has affected him,” Reese said. “I think it has affected his rhythm some. It may have affected his mechanics to a degree. But when you go out there and take the reps at practice, we expect you to go make the plays. He’s taken the reps at practice. Is he 100 percent? Absolutely not.”

“I think he’s feeling better as the weeks have progressed,” Reese continued. “But has the foot bothered him some? I would imagine so because it’s not an easy injury to overcome, especially for a quarterback.”

Reese said he appreciates that Manning has not used the injury as an excuse. He played through the early parts of the season with plantar fasciatis but against the Chiefs he left the game with an injury to his plantar fascia. He didn’t miss any games, but besides a nearly perfect half of work against the Raiders, he has not been the same quarterback since.

“He hasn’t said that one time, ‘I’m hurt,'” Reese said. In fact, this week, Manning was adamant that his foot is fine and is not the cause of his struggles. But Reese disagrees.

“It may affect quarterbacks more than it would affect an offensive guard if you’re banged up some (in the foot),” Reese said. “A quarterback has to plant his feet and the machanics of that position, your feet are a big part of what you’re trying to do. You can’t just arm everything, you have to set your feet and step and throw.”

This explains a bit of the ineffectiveness in the past couple weeks for Eli. We know Eli is not going to come out and say “I’m hurt”, but I think it’s interesting that Reese came out and said it. Interesting development.

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One Response to “Reese: Manning is Not 100%”

  1. Júlio César says:

    like he said, mechanic is important for a qb… we didn’t realize that before because the competition was lame and eli was playing for 15 minutes, maybe even less

    anybody knows if eli is taking every reps at the practices?

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