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|Eli Manning isn't paying much attention to the NFL draft Anthony Castonzo Jersey , even with the possibility of the New York Giants using the No. 2 overall pick to take an heir apparent to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Manning doubted that he would watch the first round of the draft on Thursday, saying it wouldn't be hard to find out whether general manager Dave Gettleman either went for a quarterback or opted to take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, or traded down.
Manning didn't seem to care. He was more concerned with learning Pat Shurmur's offense during a three-day voluntary minicamp, and he was enjoying all the compliments his new head coach was heaping on him.
A day ago, Shurmur called Manning the fittest 37-year-old he has seen. His play was the coach's focus Wednesday.
"This guy's a pro," Shurmur said. "What you noticed about him is you only have to run a play or two, and he gets the drill calibrated and he gets his feet right and he makes the throw. I quickly, after being with him one day on the field, see why he's been so successful for so long."
Manning believes Shurmur's offense mixes concepts used by former coaches Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo. The verbiage is different.
Shurmur is different, too. He does more coaching on the field than either of his predecessors.
"A lot of times in this time of year you have a few weeks to practice some routes and practice things on the field before you go practice them," Manning said. "This year you're kind of thrown right into the mix and we're kind of learning on the fly a little bit."
There seems to be no doubt that Manning will be running the offense, no matter who the Giants take in the draft coming off a 3-13 season.
"I feel good. I'm moving around well," said Manning Josh Sitton Jersey , who has 14 years of NFL experience on his resume. "I'm always working on my flexibility and my conditioning and offseason lifting and everything, so I haven't relaxed on that in any sense. I know I need that to kind of keep up with those other guys, but I feel good in that sense and I have to keep it that way."
Manning has spent a lot of the offseason with backup quarterback Davis Webb, lifting, working out and watching videotapes of the offense Shurmur used as the coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings last season.
The draft has more meaning for Webb, who was taken by the Giants in the third round last year. He never played, so it is hard to evaluate him.
Yet Webb doesn't feel like he has anything to prove.
"All I've got to do is show what I've got and that's up to them," he said. "I try to do the best I can in the meeting rooms, the weight workouts, the practices especially. Just kind of show what I have and let them make a decision. It's out of my control and I'm not really too worried about it, I promise. I just work hard and I know I'm going to get a chance someday."
Webb has a lot of confidence and he has thrown some good passes in the minicamp. He plans to watch the first round of the draft, just to see who the Giants take.
Having played for California, he knows a couple of the highly regarded quarterback in the draft Nathan Peterman Jersey , Sam Darnold of Southern Cal and Josh Rosen of UCLA. He has seen some of them walking around the Giants' headquarters for pre-draft meetings.
"I understand, that's their job. Listen, if I was a GM, I understand, I'd do the same thing," Webb said. "So, that does not hurt my feelings, I do not care about that. The only thing I worry about is being the best I can be because I know I'm going to get an opportunity in this league and when that comes, I'm going to be ready."
NOTES: ... DT Damon Harrison was not at the minicamp, but he called Shurmur to explain why. ... The coach said he has spoken with absent RT Ereck Flowers, but he did not say what was said.
The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football.
And with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt watching from a courtside seat Thursday night, this team long known for its powerful offense relied again on its defense to beat the Warriors 98-94 and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
”Both teams are playing their guys heavy minutes so shots will fall or not,” James Harden said. ”But I think whoever can buckle down and get stops consecutively and create opportunities with their defense is going to win or have a chance at winning games.
”The last two games http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/connor-williams-jersey , we’ve done that.”
Indeed. The Rockets bounced back from an embarrassing 41-point loss in Game 3, when Golden State scored 126 points, to hold the Warriors to fewer than 100 points in two straight wins. Houston’s stingy defense helped the Rockets come out on top on a night when Harden, the MVP front-runner, was 0 for 11 on 3-pointers.
Critics of Mike D’Antoni’s teams often said they were too focused on offense and not good enough on defense. It looks like that’s changed now – against a team with four All-Stars in its starting lineup.
”Ninety-four points for a team like that, the guys are trying to find a way and they did,” D’Antoni said.
The Rockets have kept the Warriors from moving the ball the way they’re accustomed to, crowding them and forcing them into playing more isolation- style. They’ve also been relentless at throwing bodies at their shooters, and have often used bigger players to harass Stephen Curry to try and wear him down.
Houston has forced the Warriors into 34 turnovers combined and limited them to 19 total 3-pointers in the last two games.
The Warriors and Rockets were first and second in the NBA in points per game during the regular season, averaging 113.5 and 112.4, respectively. Golden State has managed just over 107 points a game in this series, and Houston has held the defending champions to 97 points in its three wins.
Curry noted that both teams have elevated their defenses in this series.
”It’s been high level,” he said. ”Nothing’s easy out there on either side.”
He shook his head at the fact neither team has broken 100 points in the last two games.
”I think (if you) guessed what the final score would be between the Rockets and Warriors Pat McAfee Jersey , and neither team getting to 100 two straight games, don’t know what the odds (would be) on that,” he said. ”Defense is high right now.”
While everyone has been pitching in, the tone on defense, especially in these last two games, has been set by the aggressive play of P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela’s presence at the rim. Tucker knows that most people believe the way to beat the Warriors is to outscore them in a shootout. The Rockets have shown that energy and effort on the defensive end are a better formula for getting it done.
”Anybody says to beat Golden State they talk about scoring 120, 130 points,” Tucker said. ”We just feel like we play defense, (lock) down and make it tough for them.”
And if the Rockets are able to do that in Game 6 on Saturday night they’ll be on the way to their first NBA Finals since winning consecutive titles in 1994-95.
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