A lot of the talk surrounding the Giants in recent weeks has been more about off-field conduct and team meetings, but Eli Manning isn't too concerned. He says the meetings are business as usual in the NFL.
After being on the losing end of the 49ers first win of the season, the 1-8 Giants now have the joint second-fewest wins in the league, bettering only the winless Browns, sparking team meetings.
"I thought the meeting was great and right to the point, knowing that we got to play better football," said Manning. When asked if it was the meeting was a necessity at this stage of the season, Manning said: "I think all meetings have to be had, so that's just part of football."
The Giants' 31-21 loss to the 49ers was rife with disappointing individual performances, but Sterling Shepard was a rare bright spot. The second-year receiver caught 11 passes for 142 yards, accounting for more than half of Manning's 272 passing yards.
"[Shepard] just did a good job of getting open on a couple of plays," Manning said. "We moved him around, so it was a combination of a lot of things, but he did a good job of beating his one on one match-ups and made a couple of great catches down the field."
Another young player that has impressed for the Giants this season is rookie tight end Evan Engram. The first-round pick was well known for his receiving prowess, but Manning has commended Engram's willingness to learn as a blocker.
"I think Evan has done a good job of doing everything we've asked him to do," said Manning. "I think he takes the coaching very well, he wants to get better. He's hungry, eager to do whatever we ask him to do, so there's always room for improvement. Each and every game, he's learning a lot each week."
The Giants host the Chiefs this Sunday, and Manning says the focus is the same as ever.
"Go win the next game," Manning said. "So same mindset as every week. We're hungry to get that win."