QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how important it is for him to get familiar with the running backs during the preseason) Training Camp
"I think anytime you can get game experience and game action with new players and new starters it is beneficial. Practice is one level of speed, but games are another, and there is even a difference in speed from the preseason to the regular season. But the more real-game situations I can get with Dom (Dominic Rhodes) and Joe (Joseph Addai), whether it's blitzes or audibles or different handoffs, everybody is different and you have to get adjusted to each running back and style just like throwing to a new receiver. So, as many repetitions I can get with both of those guys, the better off we will be."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the goal during training camp and preseason) Training Camp
"The idea and what we're trying to do right now is get better. We talk about getting better in the preseason and getting better in training camp, and you feel like if you're getting better, hopefully the wins should follow. One thing we've always done around here is take care of the little things. Sometimes the little things are boring and not real exciting, but if you stop doing those little things and stop paying attention to the little details, that's when you're going to start losing more games. So, if you keep paying attention to the little things, hopefully the big things will take care of themselves."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the wins and losses in preseason bothers the team) Training Camp
"I think last year can prove what a preseason record, how relative that can be, to a real game. I do think in the preseason, sometimes you may sacrifice a score in order to get looks at certain plays and certain schemes and certain players. I know the coaches don't like it at all, the fact that we've lost eight in a row in the preseason. It's not something I think anyone is real happy about or proud about, but as long as we are improving in certain areas, I think that is one of the main things, and hopefully we can come out of it healthy. But hopefully we can get a win down in Jackson this Saturday night."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if looks forward to playing in Mississippi) Training Camp
"I do. Obviously, I have great ties to the state of Mississippi and of course to the Saints. I have some family that will be there. Most of my family went to Ole Miss and my dad played a lot of his college games in this stadium, in Jackson Memorial Stadium. So I'm excited to be playing there, it will be my first time playing there."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he has spoken to Saints QB-Drew Brees) Training Camp
"I talked to Drew, and I know my dad has talked to Drew down there in New Orleans and tried to help him get acclimated. I'm happy for Drew, that he's back and he's healthy. Obviously, I keep up with the Saints, still, and their players. That's a long, tough recovery there, from that shoulder injury. It sounds like he's throwing the ball well, throwing with a lot of confidence. I know the fans down there are excited to have him as kind of part of the new, New Orleans Saints, with the addition of their new head coach (Sean Payton) and of course Reggie Bush, and Drew is a big part of that transition."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he has been back home enough to tell if the city of New Orleans is recovering from Hurricane Katrina) Training Camp
"It's coming along. There's still plenty of work to be done. It's coming up on the year anniversary. Certain parts are moving faster than others, but there's still plenty of work to do, and it's going to be a long recovery peri