Eli Manning is undoubtedly a glass half-full kind of guy.
The Giants quarterback expressed optimism that the offense can be better in 2019 than it was last season, despite the team's decision to trade away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.
"I think we can be productive and score more points and be a better offense," Manning told NFL Network this weekend.
The Giants averaged 23.1 points per game last season, 16th-best in the NFL, and 356.1 yards per game, good for 17th in the league. Those league average numbers came with Beckham, who had 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season.
They replaced Beckham with Golden Tate, who will be 31 this season and had 795 receiving yards last year.
But Manning believes Saquon Barkley, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, will play an even bigger role in the offense this season.
"Odell obviously has that tremendous playmaking ability, he can catch a slant and turn it into a touchdown at any moment," Manning said. "But I think Saquon, in his second year, the way he came on - he played great in the first half but that second half he was coming on and doing everything. Running the ball, catching the ball, we learned how to use him."
Manning also has confidence in the rest of his receiving corps to still play to their strengths.
"I think Sterling Shepard, getting him going, getting Evan Engram playing to his potential, and then Golden Tate, a run-after-catch guy, a playmaker," he said. "I think the offensive line we made some additions, bringing in [Kevin] Zeitler at guard and those guys, I think the second year of that offensive line together will make a difference and everybody going into the second year."