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Eli Manning’s first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium
08-22-2019, 06:49 AM,
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Eli Manning’s first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium
GLENDALE Iman Marshall Jersey , Ariz. (AP) was one of the highlights of his career. His latest – and possibly last – was a desert dud. Manning had three turnovers and the sputtering New York Giants were shut out for the first time since 2014 in an ugly 23-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. ”We didn’t convert on third down or score any points, so I didn’t play well enough,” said Manning, who was intercepted twice by Antoine Bethea and had a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Giants (2-13) had a shake-up three weeks ago, firing general manager Jerry Reese and second-year coach Ben McAdoo. Little, outside of one good offensive half last week, has changed in New York since then. The Giants have continued to struggle under interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, even with Manning back following a one-game benching. Manning was effective with the short passing game in last week’s 34-29 loss to Philadelphia , completing 37 of 57 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He returned Sunday to the site of one of his greatest moments:Super Bowl MVP performance in the Giants’ dramatic 17-14 win over New England at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008. Manning was not nearly as effective against the Cardinals (7-8), laboring to get the Giants moving against an Arizona defense that had its first shutout in 25 years. Manning threw one interception from midfield while trying to get the ball deep to tight end Evan Engram in the first quarter. He was picked off again in the second quarter on a poorly thrown ball into double coverage. The closer came in the fourth quarter, when Manning fumbled on a sack and Arizona’s Robert Nkemdiche rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown to put the Cardinals up 23-0. ”No one wants to lose and lose as many as we have,” said Manning, who finished 27 for 45 for 263 yards and a passer rating of 57.9. ”It has been tough all year. Nothing has come easy. We lost some heart-breakers and we lost some like this where we never could get much going.” Even when the Giants moved the ball, the points didn’t come. New York reached Arizona’s 15-yard line early in the second quarter, only to see Aldrick Rosas miss a 33-yard field goal wide left. The Giants moved backward after Ross Cockrell intercepted Drew Stanton at the Cardinals 27 in the fourth quarter. New York had three penalties – two that were accepted – and Manning was dragged down on a short gain on fourth-and-25 to turn the ball over on downs. New York went 1 for 14 on third downs, 1 for 4 on fourth-down attempts David Montgomery Jersey , and had 10 penalties for 101 yards. The Giants, one of the NFL’s worst rushing teams, ran for 43 yards on 20 carries. ”It was simple message to the team after, and in this league you can’t win games if you beat yourself,” Spagnuolo said. ”That is what I thought happened today. Penalties certainly killed us in all three phases. All three phases had penalties that resulted in bad situations for us, field position etc., etc.It begins and ends there.” — It’s not uncommon for players actively working on contract extensions to stay away from OTA workouts, to minimize the risk to future earnings.But for Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd , he’s opting to continue, with his fingers crossed.“I’m just trying to do what’s right,” Boyd told Paul Dehner Jr. of “I’m going to be a team player and go out there and work my tail off. I’m not going to try to skip out on reps or miss a day. That’s the best approach to it. Typically, a guy trying to come out to a season saying, ‘you have to pay me,’ it shows where the care is going. He is a ‘me’ guy. Or, you are still working and going to be a team guy. I am not trying to strategize and make it seem like I’m just trying to do what’s right [to get a deal done], that’s just the way I am.”The Bengals would like to extend Boyd as well as A.J. Green , preferably before the season starts. Boyd emerged last season, with 1,072 yards in just 14 games, and he sounds amenable.“That’s what I’m saying, bruh, I want to be here,” Boyd said. “I think they feel that and know that. In my feeling, I think it is going to be done before camp. But ain’t no telling. I’m just going to continue to keep being patient and trust the process.”That trust might be misplaced Connor McGovern Jersey , as an injury during OTAs could wipe out his market before a contract year.“We ain’t doing nothing crazy,” Boyd said. “I don’t have to go out there and show how good I am, even though I want to put it on tape that I’m a great player and put good things on film. At the same time, I know how to practice like a pro. I get out of breaks clean. You go out and play lazy, that’s when you get hurt. I just want to go out there and work.”And hope.

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