New York Giants‘ quarterback Eli Manning might be at his last life with the organization if he doesn’t step up his game for the upcoming season. With Manning only having two years left on his contract, people are doubting his potential to impress the Giants brass enough to deserve a contract extension beyond 2020.
Taking into consideration that Manning is a 37 year-old quarterback with a not so persistent front line; obviously he isn’t going to be able to play to the best of his ability. On the other hand, Giants fans believe that this Eli is the same QB from past years and still has some fuel left in the tank.
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That being said, maybe the Giants need a fresh, young QB to lead the pack. Let’s be honest, Manning’s play-action passes have been weak and his audible calling inadequate, primarily due to the previous offensive scheme Ben McAdoo implemented. With new coach Pat Shurmur taking the reigns, we should expect to see Eli utilize his strengths. But, if Manning has degraded to the point where those strengths might be average at best, it could spell the end for the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
With newly acquired running back Saquon Barkley, Manning will have a dynamic and versatile back that can catch passes out of the backfield and extend pays with his legs. Due to the fact Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard were injured in 2017, it hurt Manning profoundly considering they were two of the Giants’ top receivers. Don’t forget that wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris were also injured, leaving Eli Manning with mostly 3rd and 4th string receivers.
Eli’s band of misfit toys at WR dropped 45 passes, which would have brought his completion percentage from 61.6% to 69.5% given those passes were caught. Of course, there will always be some dropped passes, but the Giants led the league by a land-slide.
Being that Manning will enter the 2018 season with a heightened sense of confidence due to the return of his most lethal weapons, and the addition of Barkley and an upgraded offensive line, the franchise QB might be able to extend his stay with Big Blue.
Eli’s brother, Peyton, played until he was 40 years old and was fresh off a herniated disk in his neck. Peyton was forced to travel to Germany to receive the surgery that would ultimately allow him to continue playing in the NFL.
Eli on the other hand has never missed a professional game due to injury, which should allow us to expect quality from him throughout the upcoming season. Backup quarterback Davis Webb has performed well during organized team activities thus far, showing off his big arm and accuracy. The second-year signal caller is making a strong case that he can be the future of the franchise, but a few pre-season games under his belt will be the deciding factor for fans and coaches alike.
Eli Manning predicted stats:
Passing yards: 4,142
Passing TD’s: 28