Meantime, quarterback Eli Manning picked up the slack. His 95.5 passer rating is better than any he finished with in his seven previous seasons.
“I think some of the change is just his confidence in us,” receiver Victor Cruz said in a teleconference Wednesday. “His confidence is sky high. He’s just out there commanding the field and just having a real good rapport with all of the receivers. So it’s just a testament to how hard we’ve worked, and he’s really honed in on his craft and just having an open line of communication between us and him.”
• Strong safety LaRon Landry (strained groin) missed practice Wednesday. He has missed the past two games. Shanahan did not sound optimistic about Landry’s chances of playing again this season.
“Even if he does come back, what speed can he practice at? What speed can he play at?” Shanahan said. “Usually when a guy comes back after being away for a week or two weeks, it takes a little time to get back in football shape and play in a game.”
• Right tackle Jammal Brown (strained left groin) and fullback Mike Sellers (hyperextended right elbow) did not practice. Neither did receiver Donte Stallworth (illness/ankle).
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