Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he is building a stronger rapport with Brandon Marshall as the veteran wide receiver looks ahead to his first season with the Giants.
"Brandon's been great," Manning said. "Every day trying to learn, always has questions for me and we're trying to figure out what he can do better, how we can get on the same page. So, I think he's been dialed in and been a great leader and just setting the example for how to be prepared for every practice."
Marshall, who is entering his 12th season in the league, is coming off a down season in which he caught 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns with the Jets. In 2015, he recorded a career-high 14 touchdowns with 109 catches for 1,502 yards, which were both the second most totals in his career.
He said earlier this offseason he hopes he can become the dominant receiver he had been in the past, and Manning said he and the 33-year-old Marshall are still growing so they can get on the same page as Week 1 nears.
"I think we're doing some good stuff," Manning said. "Brandon and I, getting on the same page. Every day there's something new that comes up, though. A route here, a concept, just getting on the same timing. You can kind of talk about everything, but you've got to get in as many live reps, one-on-ones, get running different routes, getting on the same timing with things will be good."
With Marshall's 6-foot-5, 232-pound frame, he has drawn comparisons to former wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who spent four seasons with Manning from 2005 to 2008.
Manning said Marshall has a strong football IQ like Burress did, and added he believes Marshall's size complements Odell Beckham Jr.'s speed and agility in New York's offense.
"Those big guys, you have an opportunity to throw them open," said Manning, who threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. "They can be physical at the line of scrimmage and get some separation that way, where the quick guys make moves. So Brandon does a good job finding ways to get open. Whether it's being physical with the DBs or throwing the back shoulders, throwing the fly routes, going up and get the ball. I can always just have separation with the quick guys, but they're still getting open in a different way."