The defending champs took the field today for only the third time since the Super Bowl, but already Eli Manning and Amani Toomer appeared to be in midseason form.
OK, it’s early and the drills were non-contact – as in no pass rush in Manning’s face – but he and Toomer put on quite a show. They connected on a 50-yard bomb that Manning dropped right between CB Corey Webster’s hands (it’s possible he even tipped it) and into the waiting arms of Toomer. A few plays later, he threw a pinpoint pass over another defender, allowing Toomer to make a one-handed catch.
They even tried to connect on a flea-flicker, and though Manning’s throw was right on the money again, rookie Kenny Phillips was able to break it up.
All that is significant because a year ago, Toomer couldn’t participate in the OTAs because he was still rehabbing his injured knee. “I think that set me back last year,” Toomer said. “I think this year I’ll be a lot better off.”
By the way, in case you were wondering, Toomer said he never considered retiring after the Giants won the Super Bowl, even though he’s 33 years old.