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Manning adjusting to expanded role

With Tiki Barber retired, the Giants are counting on Eli Manning to assert himself as the leader of their offense, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: August 15, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

ALBANY, N.Y. -- I took one glance at New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning as he headed for lunch Tuesday and immediately recalled how he looked when he entered the NFL.

He still had that same aw-shucks gleam in his eye. He also hadn't altered that casual stroll of his, the gait suggesting he always operated at his own speed. Even when he spoke, the words rolled out slowly and politely, without any hint of an edge. I really had to hand it to the guy. Three years in New York hadn't ...

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