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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 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

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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'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

Eli Manning had the highest average pass distance among NFL quarterbacks in 2013, at 9.49 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Combine ex-OC Kevin Gilbride's vertical scheme with the Giants' injury-ravaged, swinging-gate offensive line, and the result was Eli's career-worst season, with career highs in picks (27) and sacks taken (39). New OC Ben McAdoo is installing a shortened, quicker-hitting attack in an effort to rejuvenate Eli. The Giants likely hope Manning can have a Riversian bounce-back year.
Jul 22 - 11:52 PM

Co-owner John Mara told the New York Post the Giants have had no contract extension talks with Eli Manning.

Manning, 33, is currently signed through 2015 at base salaries of $15.15 million this year, and $17 million next year. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported in April that the Giants are concerned Eli has entered his decline phase after leading the NFL in interceptions (27) last season. "We haven’t even really discussed that yet," Mara said of a new deal. "We’ll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it’s our hope that he finish his career as a Giant."
Jul 20 - 1:16 PM

Eli Manning said he's "reenergized" in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Manning regressed in ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride's offense last year, leaving the front office concerned over whether he's in his decline stage. The Giants will be more of a quick-hitting passing attack under McAdoo, which should play to his strengths. An improved offensive line and the presence of rookie Odell Beckham also give Manning a better supporting cast. Manning is signed through 2015, but will be in line for an extension next offseason if he bounces back.
Jul 12 - 10:54 PM

The Giants are installing a "quick-hitting passing attack that is predicated on timing" under new OC Ben McAdoo.

Per beat writer Jordan Raanan, the biggest benefit may be simplification of route concepts for players like Rueben Randle, while the offensive line isn't asked to hold blocks as long. The Chargers took a similar approach with Philip Rivers last year, and it paid off handsomely en route to NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. It remains to be seen whether Eli Manning possesses the short to intermediate accuracy to make a Rivers-like late-career leap.
Jun 23 - 1:19 PM

Eli Manning (ankle) said he's 100 percent and could play in a game if he needed to.

"Yeah, 100%, yeah," Manning said. "The ankle, I don’t think about it, don’t notice it. I go about practice and do everything and they’re not even worried about it. So, it hasn’t been an issue. No question I could play tomorrow." Manning participated fully in OTAs and should do the same at mandatory minicamp. As for the new offense, Manning admits "there's still some learning curve."
Jun 10 - 9:33 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
4Michael Cox
GLB1Andre Williams
2Rashad Jennings
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Peyton Hillis
FB1Henry Hynoski
WR11Victor Cruz
2Jerrel Jernigan
3Preston Parker
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
WR31Jerrel Jernigan
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
K1Josh Brown