Victor Cruz

Manning defuses receivers trip to Miami to celebrate

Touchdown passes, late winning drives and 400-yard passing games aren't always what make a quarterback a leader in the NFL.

It's the ability to take what might be a troublesome situation and calmly make it go away.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning did that on Tuesday on his 36th birthday, and he didn't have to even take a snap.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP got behind a microphone and defused a story that some tried to blow out of proportion because receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard took a trip to Miami after Sunday's 19-10 win over Washington to celebrate.

It was the players' day off and they boarded a yacht owned by...