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Eli Manning expects to be '100 percent' for camp

Josh Freeman remains a strong bet to grip nothing more than a clipboard come September.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning told reporters on Tuesday that his offseason ankle procedure won't get in the way of Big Blue's summer plans.

"I think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp. I would hope so," Manning said, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

Following this month's arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, Manning expects to be running again by late May. That's a sunnier prognosis than Cam Newton's in Carolina. The Panthers don't expect their starting passer to do much of anything prior to camp after undergoing an ankle operation in March.

Amid whispers that Manning has tumbled into the decline phase of his career, the 33-year-old quarterback is anxious to escape an on-field slump that stretches back into the 2012 campaign.

His suspicious play peaked with a league-leading 27 interceptions this past season, but Eli remains the unquestioned No. 1 over the recently signed Josh Freeman, who looms as a bigger threat to unseat Curtis Painter or Ryan Nassib.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys talk Geno Smith's future in New York and pick the winners and losers of free agency.

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