New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t missed a single start in 211 games. And for those nit-pickers, I’m not counting the games he didn’t play in the beginning of his career behind Kurt Warner.
Manning has enjoyed two Super Bowl victories and earned MVP credentials in both.
Although he’s suffered from inconsistency and accuracy issues throughout his career, his professionalism has never swayed.
Manning is one of those players that is the first one on the field, and the last one off it.
I think it runs in the family, considering Peyton Manning continued playing football at 40 years old after a herniated disk in his neck.
Some may think that’s foolish, but he won a Super Bowl to finish off his career so I’d say he’s a pretty determined and disciplined guy.
Just like Peyton, Eli is set to play into his late thirties and has shown no signs of slowing down.
In 2015, Manning enjoyed a great campaign managing 35 touchdowns, 4,436 passing yards and just 14 interceptions (pretty good considering is history of being picked off).
After signing several pro bowl caliber players to the defense, the Giants looked like a reborn team and was expected to make a significant leap as a whole in 2016.
This was not the case, as Eli struggled to bring the offense to fruition after a successful 2015 season.
In 2016, Manning racked up 4,027 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. A drastic decrease in overall numbers from the previous season. Why? Well the simple answer is, weapons.
Lacking a real running game, the offense became predictable and a struggling offensive line forced Manning to get rid of the ball in record time.
So, what should we expect in 2017?
Jerry Reese signed D.J. Fluker to compete on the offensive line and acquired former Jets No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall to complement Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside. He also added blocking specialist Rhett Ellison to aid a putrid rushing attack.
The drafting of Evan Engram should do wonders for a sub-par tight end group, and will surely open up the field for the ailing Ironman Manning.
Although the team lacks chemistry and experience, the veterans will be asked to mentor the young players and help them grow as fast as possible.
This is the year Eli Manning and the Giants anticipate a run at the Lombardi Trophy.
OTA’s began recently and the offseason is beginning to speed up, meaning only one thing, football is just around the corner!