Being the oldest player on the New York Giants William Perry Jersey , Eli Manning can smile talking about the generational gap between him and some of his younger teammates.
Many of the so-called kids on the team were in grade school when Manning was taken with the first pick of the 2004 draft.
Some such as halfback and recent No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley were still in grade school when the quarterback won his first of two Super Bowl MVPs in February 2008.
And things certainly are different now. The music has morphed. The games played on the cell phones and tablets are more advanced. Phrases used in speech have changed. Dancing on the field and in the locker room is more prevalent.
"There's a lot of dancing going on, a lot of dancing, which, I find very curious," Manning, 37, said Tuesday after the Giants practiced for their annual preseason game against the Jets. "The music, I miss out on some of the music and social media, some of the things they're on. For the most part, I can figure it out."
Building relationships and putting the team first is what Manning has been all about entering his 15th NFL season.
While he is certainly more laid back than most of his teammates, Manning likes to reach out to the young men. He is notorious for taking their phones and changing the language to a foreign one.
Some players have caught on, though. Odell Beckham Jr. no longer uses 13-13 as his passcode to the cell phone Kyle Fuller Jersey , and other have chosen more intricate passwords. Manning is looking to get around that.
"You've got to have fun with them and connect with them," Manning said. "There's times where it is serious and you're talking ball, they always know by the way I approach them whether I have something serious to talk about, a route or a concept or something. There's (also) times where we get to goof off and kind of get to know the lighter side of them."
Manning jokes that he is doing a lot more dancing to connect with a younger crowd that includes Beckham, Barkley, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram, all 25 and under.
"I think I have a good relationship with all the guys, and I'm not trying to act like I'm 22, I act my age and make fun of myself a lot, and they add to it probably and so that's fine," Manning said. "I'm good with that."
Manning's focus remains football. In recent days, he and Beckham have walked away from 11-on-11 drills between second teamers to work on pass routes and things they did not connect on in practice.
Beckham http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/tony-romo-jersey , who missed most of last season with a broken ankle, has not lost a step, Manning said.
"We've had game experience together," Manning said. "Now Saquon, that's different, just because he's a rookie and missing some valuable time. So, I know he's getting mental reps. It's different than practice reps, it's different than game reps. Hopefully, he can get back soon."
Barkley has missed more than a week with a hamstring injury and it looks unlikely he will play Friday.
For Manning, the rivalry game with the Jets is nothing more than probably his last game before the season opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 9 at home.
"I look at it as the third preseason game and a chance for us to go out there and play for an extended period, against a good defense and a good team," Manning said. "You want to go out there and execute well and feel good about where you are."
Manning played two series in the preseason opener against Cleveland and led the team to a field goal. Shurmur rested him last Friday for the game in Detroit against the Lions.
"He kind of told me early on I probably wouldn't play Shawn Lauvao Jersey ," Manning said. "So, I knew I had to get the most out of the practices with Detroit, which I thought we got some good work. I always want to be out there and play, but I understand it. I look forward to this week getting out there."
At a time when momentum seems to be building for the Raiders trading holdout defensive end Khalil Mack, a Raiders employee has pushed back aggressively.
Former Raiders player and current Raiders radio analyst Lincoln Kennedy said on FOX Sports Radio that a trade isn’t happening.
“There’s a lot of rumors circulating about Number 52 of the Silver and Black,” Kennedy said on FOX Sports Radio. “I’m here to tell you he’s not going to be traded. Khalil Mack will be a Raider, there’s no doubt about it.” (If there is any doubt about the accuracy or context of the quote, there shouldn’t be; Kennedy retweeted the message from the FSR account.)
Kennedy’s connection to the team makes his opinion noteworthy, since he’s surely in position to get someone from the Raiders to tell Kennedy what’s going on. But it’s impossible to reconcile Kennedy’s position with the rampant and growing reports of teams exploring the trade — and with the absence of any suggestion that the Raiders are hanging up the phone on teams that are calling about Mack.
If the Raiders want to end this, there’s an easy way to do it. Publicly, coach Jon Gruden or G.M. Reggie McKenzie need to come out and say that Mack is not available, period. Privately Clinton Portis Jersey , one or both needs to say that same thing to any team that has inquired or that will inquire.
Better yet, the Raiders need to put together a package similar if not identical to the one signed Friday by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and offer it to Mack. Given the absence of any negotiations since February, there’s no reason to think that will happen.聽If it does, however, it will definitely tend to prove Kennedy’s point.
Before Donald signed his deal, it was believed that the Raiders were simply waiting for Mack to crack, showing up and collecting checks in the amount of $814,000 per week. But with Donald now making $22.5 million per year in new money, Mack’s $13.846 million for 2018 is looking like very old money.
And if Raiders fans think this talk of a possible trade is getting even older, they should be insisting on someone other than Lincoln Kennedy standing up and slamming the door on a trade.
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