NFC Notes: Giants, Packers, Redskins

Giants

  • Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports that “several” Giants players have expressed frustration with QB Eli Manning’s performance with one specifically pointing to Manning’s inability to do anything against Cover 2 and zone defenses.
  • Raanan says that some individuals inside the organization have believed that Manning was holding the team back, but they’ve since been fired.
  • Sources with knowledge of the Giants’ thinking tell Raanan that some felt Manning was the problem as far back as four or five years ago.
  • Raanan adds that the frustration will only intensify if Manning and the Giants’ offense continue to perform at the same level.

Packers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said Thursday that he thinks the offense is closer to turning a corner.

“I told you guys Week 1 it’s going to be a work in progress,” Rodgers said, via Packers.com. “I don’t feel like we’re far off.”

“We’re very close to getting things going and like I said (in 2016), I’ll say again now, I feel like if we can get off to a better start on offense, it makes the entire squad play with a different type of confidence,” Rodgers added. “We need to lead from the front as an offense and as a team, and give our defense an opportunity to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback and make them one-dimensional.

“Now, we need to execute at a higher level, but we’re not far off. This league, the difference between being a great team and an average team is very small. It’s a few plays every game, and the difference between scoring 23 a game and 35 a game is plays that we need to make and we expect to make and I’ll make moving forward.”

  • Packers HC Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that WR Geronimo Allison has cleared concussion protocol, but will still work with the rehab group because of a hamstring injury. (Ryan Wood)
  • Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) also returned to practice on Thursday. (Rob Demovsky)

Redskins

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