By Phil Perry
Say this about Eli Manning: He's got confidence.
A few months removed from finishing the 2010 season with 25 interceptions, the Giants quarterback told "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050 on Tuesday that he considers himself one of the league's best signal callers.
When asked if he's in the same class as Tom Brady, Manning didn't hesitate.
"I consider myself in that class," Manning said. "And Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.
"I think now he's grown up and gotten better every year and that's what I'm trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best."
The 25 picks last season were an anomaly, according to Manning.
Im not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that, Manning said. Thats going to be fixed and it should be a good year.
The most interceptions Brady has ever thrown in a season is 14. Manning does have a Super Bowl ring and MVP, which he won after beating Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Brady, however, has three rings, two SB MVPs and two regular season MVPs (2007, 2010). Brady also has two of the top five single-season passer ratings in NFL history.
It would seem Manning has some work to do before catching Brady, or his brother for that matter.
After undergoing back surgery earlier in the day on Friday, Rob Gronkowski is back on his feet and cracking jokes.
The injured Patriots tight end posted a video of himself on his feet with the assistance of a walker captioned "Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"
In the video, Gronk takes a few steps and says, “Dance floor tomorrow night. . . here I come.”
Watch the video below [NSFW language from Gronk's dad]
FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play.
Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday.
Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.
If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.