EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Marshall has never caught a pass from Eli Manning in an actual football game. But he fully expects his first one will be coming on Sunday night.
Despite missing the last two preseason games with an injured shoulder, Marshall promised "I'll be out there" for the Giants opener in Dallas on Sunday night. He wouldn't go into specifics about the injury that the Giants have kept shrouded in mystery, and he wouldn't even say that it's completely healed.
But the 33-year-old receiver did say that "there's nothing that should hold me back."
"I feel good," Marshall said. "Other than that hit I had in Cleveland the body feels amazing. This is probably the only camp that I've had where I really didn't have anything. So, that's kind of encouraging being 33 and trying to be aware of where I'm at. My body -- I try to keep track and try to be mindful of that so I know how to treat it.
"But I feel amazing."
Marshall missed about a week of practice after the hit he took during New York's Aug. 21 game in Cleveland, and hadn't spoken to the media about it until Monday afternoon. He has looked fine during the portions of practice that are open to the media, but it's unclear if he was limited at all during the Monday's light practice.
What's also unclear is if the shoulder still affects Marshall in any way. On that subject, he was purposely vague.
"Everything can affect us," he said. "You never know. I'm not perfect, but I feel great and there's nothing that should hold me back. I should be able to do everything."
Even if he is at full strength, there's the question of how long it will take he and Manning to click. Marshall spent much of his first offseason with the Giants working with and talking to Manning. However, he obviously lost some practice time, and due in part to Marshall's injury the two did not connect once in a preseason game.
Given that both the quarterback and receiver are long-time NFL veterans, that's not a huge concern, but even Manning admitted it's something to watch.
"Yeah, Brandon and I will be on the same page, but there's always a learning curve," Manning said. "We're on the same page. It doesn't mean we'll complete every pass that I throw to him, but we've gotten a lot of work and communicate all the time about the different things. So, I expect us to go out there and make the plays that we need to make."
"I haven't caught a pass from Eli in a game, but we have a lot of work in practice," Marshall said. "So, [I'm] confident that we'll be right where we need to be on Sunday. We'll make enough plays to get the job done."