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Eli Manning | Quarterback

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Mississippi
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Eli Manning completed 21-of-28 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Giants' Week 3, 30-17 win over the Texans.
Manning has now posted back-to-back strong starts after the preseason and Week 1 debacles. Eli hit Victor Cruz for a 61-yard gain on a quick slant early in the first half, before again finding Cruz on a post for a 26-yard score. His best throw of the game, though, went to Daniel Fells for a nine-yard touchdown. Eli placed the ball over the top of the safety and to the right of a linebacker only where Fells could catch it. The offense is starting to wake up for Giants, but Eli is still just a low-end QB2. The G-Men take on the Redskins on Thursday night. Sep 21 - 4:47 PM

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Eli Manning completed 26-of-39 passes for 277 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Cardinals.

He has four picks through two weeks. Manning's in-game performance wasn't quite as poor as his final stat line looked against Arizona, as the Giants found a passing-game rhythm for stretches in Sunday's defeat. But Eli obviously remains interception prone and has only one truly reliable pass catcher -- TE Larry Donnell. Eli will enter Week 3 against the Texans as a two-quarterback-league option only, and an underwhelming one at that.
Sep 14 - 4:26 PM

Giants OC Ben McAdoo threw support behind Eli Manning, saying "he is the perfect fit for this offense."

"I thought that if there was anything encouraging about [the Week 1 loss], it was the comfort level with his feet and the progress he is making fundamentally," McAdoo said of Manning. Eli's fit into the WCO style McAdoo runs has been questioned countless times. After getting blown out by the Lions, the Giants get the Cardinals at home this week. Even with Arizona missing key defenders, its defense is a strong fantasy play thanks to good cover corners.
Sep 12 - 9:55 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reported on SportsCenter that there's concern over how much Eli Manning is buying into OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

The Giants were "hoping Eli would be further along than he is," according to Graziano, and Manning is "still having issues with the footwork and timing aspects" of McAdoo's system. It's been a carryover from last year when Manning threw a league-high 27 interceptions. McAdoo was brought in to install a West Coast style that allows Manning to make quick passes, but the Giants are still having issues with protection. Manning was 2-for-9 for 20 yards when under pressure in Monday night's loss. To this point, he hasn't dispelled his regression concerns. The Giants' best offensive lineman, Geoff Schwartz (toe, I.R) isn't eligible to return until Week 9.
Sep 10 - 1:14 PM

Eli Manning completed just 18-of-33 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Giants' Week 1, 35-14 blowout loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Well, those preseason worries weren't erased in the opener. Manning and the Giants started with a three-and-out, and it didn't get much better. There were multiple miscommunications between Eli and his receivers. Coach Tom Coughlin summed it up best, calling it a "nightmare performance." Eli's lone touchdown went to lumbering tight end Larry Donnell, who led the team in receiving, on a fourth-and-goal one-yard fade in the second quarter. Manning's first INT was a throw behind Donnell, while the second was an ill-advised toss. Manning and the Giants host the Cardinals in Week 2. Eli isn't start-able.
Sep 8 - 10:23 PM

Eli Manning expressed concern Friday that mastering new OC Ben McAdoo's offense could be a "season-long" process.

"It’s a work in progress," Manning said. "It’s not the final product right now. The more games, the more plays we get, more practice, there’s definitely room for improvement. And that’ll be a season-long situation – which is, I think normal. That’s not a bad thing." Manning was completely ineffective in the preseason, completing just 48.8 percent of his 41 pass attempts. The Giants had previously targeted a 70-percent completion rate for Manning in 2014.
Aug 29 - 3:22 PM

Eli Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for zero yards in the Giants' preseason finale Thursday night.

That is, indeed, a real stat line. Eli finishes the preseason 20-of-41 (48.8 percent) passing for 188 yards (4.59 YPA), one touchdown, three fumbles (one lost), and five sacks absorbed. An offseason report from ESPN stated the Giants were concerned Eli had reached his decline phase. He's done nothing to diminish those worries in August. We can't even condone drafting him in two-QB leagues.
Aug 28 - 8:13 PM

Eli Manning completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Jets, also fumbling twice.

The G-Men recovered both fumbles. Manning almost tossed several picks, one of which was a horrid number thrown into double coverage from short distance for absolutely no reason. Thankfully for the Giants, Jets CB Kyle Wilson couldn't keep both feet in bounds. As was the case in 2013, Manning had very little time to throw. If there was good news, it was his connection with Rueben Randle, whom he found for a touchdown and an impressive 26-yard play down the sideline. Manning closes out August 19-of-37 for 188 yards (5.08 YPA), one touchdown and zero picks. With the G-Men's offense looking every bit as dysfunctional as it was last season, Manning is a risky QB2 until further notice.
Aug 22 - 9:44 PM

Coach Tom Coughlin expressed concern Sunday that the Giants' offense could remain a work in progress into September.

"I don’t know that there’s any way to put it but that," Coughlin conceded. The Giants are trying to adjust to new OC Ben McAdoo's offense with shoddy line play and a quarterback in Eli Manning who's spent his entire career in a vertical attack. McAdoo is a quick-hitting West Coast mind. The Giants have a cakewalk early-season schedule, however. Despite their preseason struggles, we wouldn't be surprised if the offense clicks earlier than Coughlin expects.
Aug 17 - 4:39 PM

Eli Manning completed just 1-of-7 passes for six yards in the Giants' third preseason game against the Colts on Saturday.

Manning has steadily gotten worse as the preseason rolls on. New OC Ben McAdoo is being as vanilla as it gets with his play-calling, but the Giants' first-team passing offense has been downright pathetic. Eli is now 7-of-16 passing for 49 yards (3.1 YPA) through three preseason games. He's also been sacked three times. Eli has been talked up as a potential bounce-back candidate, but we've been given no reason to take it seriously at this point in time.
Aug 16 - 8:29 PM

Through two preseason games, Eli Manning has yet to attempt a pass traveling 10-plus yards in the air.

He's combined to go 6-of-9 for 43 yards with two sacks absorbed and a lost fumble. Beat writer Jordan Raanan believes OC Ben McAdoo's conservative August playcalling "almost definitely" has to do with his lack of trust in the Giants' offensive line. Eli is a player to monitor closely this preseason.
Aug 10 - 11:34 AM

Eli Manning completed 6-of-7 passes for 43 yards in the Hall of Fame game against the Bills.

As expected, the Giants primarily used three-receiver sets and asked Eli to get rid of the football quickly. His most productive passes were screens to Rashad Jennings. Otherwise, New York's pass protection was troubling. Manning was sack-fumbled by Bills DT Kyle Williams in the first quarter, and wound up playing three series. The only passes Manning completed to wide receivers went to No. 4 wideout Jerrel Jernigan, who is filling in for Odell Beckham (hamstring). The Giants need to get their line fixed in a hurry.
Aug 3 - 9:11 PM

The Giants want Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes this season.

It's a barrier breached only seven times in league history, most recently by Alex Smith in 2012 (who was benched). It's not even a vaguely realistic goal for a career 58.5 percent passer (an abysmal 57.5 in 2013), but shows just how serious the G-Men are about remaking their passing attack. Gone are long-developing downfield shots, and in are high-percentage quick passes.
Jul 28 - 1:43 PM

The Giants' offense "wants to go fast" this season.

Receiver Jerrel Jernigan says the G-Men are "pushing for 70 or more plays per game." That's a number only two teams, the Broncos and Patriots, reached last season. The Giants averaged just 61.75, good for sixth-to-last in the league. "I'm still waiting for them to call up a huddle in practice," DE Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday. "The intention of this offense is to cause chaos." The more plays, the better for Eli Manning and his intriguing receiver corps in fantasy.
Jul 24 - 10:08 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports there's "so much emphasis" on getting Eli Manning to get rid of the ball quicker this season.

Per Rapoport, new OC Ben McAdoo is committed to "simplifying things," and that Manning has been a "willing student." It's the Philip Rivers approach to rejuvenation for an offense that had grown stagnant the past two seasons. A quick-hitting, timing-based attack could do wonders for Manning as he throws to a receiver corps with serious YAC ability.
Jul 24 - 7:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
WR11Victor Cruz
2Preston Parker
3Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
WR31Preston Parker
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
K1Josh Brown