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Giants news, 9/18: Eli Manning defends short passes, offensive line, more

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let’s get right to your Tuesday morning headlines.

Eli Manning defends number of short throws

We showed this on Monday, but here is another look at Manning’s passing chart from Sunday night;

That’s 12 passes behind the line of scrimmage and 17 more within 5 yards of it. So, 29 of his 44 throws (65.6 percent) were exceptionally short.

On Monday, Manning defended that.

“I don’t think so,” he said when asked if he thought he had missed chances to go downfield. “We kind of had some play actions and different things called, they did a good job taking away some things. I went through my progressions and saw things clearly, had to take some check downs a few times and we had some other opportunities when we didn’t have some guys open, some of the pressures, and everybody’s just got to play a little bit better and we’ve got to hang in there and make some plays.”

About that pass protection

Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday he thought in most cases the Giants “had a hat” for the rushers the Cowboys sent. They just didn’t execute the blocks.

NFL analyst Brian Baldinger pinned the main issue on “basic assignment football.”

Manning seemed to agree with Baldinger, saying the Cowboys showed “nothing that we didn’t have an answer for.”

“Everybody’s got to know their assignments, enough things where a guy might mess up a little bit, and that’s a combination of everybody,” Manning said. “It’s not just the offensive line, the offensive line gets blamed most of the time but that’s not necessarily the case. You’ve got running backs, you’ve got quarterbacks, you’ve got receivers, everybody plays a part in that. As a team, we’ve got to be better and know the calls and know your assignments, and it’s just when you have those few mess ups in critical third downs and blitzing situations, that’s when guys are coming free.”

Damon Harrison: Giants have “different mindset”

Despite their fourth 0-2 start in five season, defensive tackle Damon Harrison still believes this Giants team is different.

“It’s a completely different team with different guys in positions. You just go back and look at the previous years and compare it to this one, rightfully so, but it’s just a different group of guys, a different mindset. Not saying that the mindset that we had in the past was wrong. I think just one game at a time and not looking ahead will help us.

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