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Eli Manning and teammates making strides with new offense

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) steps back to pass during a drill as quarterback Ryan Nassib (9) looks on during the first day of NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) high-fives quarterback Eli Manning (10) between drills on the first day of NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs through drills with quarterback Ryan Nassib (9) and quarterback Curtis Painter (17) during the first day of NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions for the media after NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks the sidelines during NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

Eli Manning looks out over the Giants' defense at practice and automatically knows what play to use.

Well, that's how it was in the team's offense under coordinator Kevin Gilbride. The Giants won two Super Bowls with Gilbride's schemes.

But Gilbride has retired, and while head coach Tom Coughlin always has had a strong hand in the offense — and still will — the alignments and plays under new coordinator Ben McAdoo are different enough that Manning has to think twice.

And if Manning, one of the most intelligent quarterbacks in the game, has some hesitation, then certainly the rest of his unit can't be comfortable yet.

Of course, that comfort level needs to come in September, not at a June minicamp in which the Giants are taking baby steps.

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