QB Eli Manning - New York Giants
|6-4, 218||Born: 1-3-1981||College: Mississippi||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): You just knew it was lurking beneath the surface. Things were going so much better than expected for Eli and the Giants offense. It all came crashing down against the Eagles with the offensive line resembling papier mache, Victor Cruz going down with a scary knee injury, and all of the air going out of the Giants passing game's balloon. Don't drop Eli yet, but it will be hard to trust him on the road against a resurgent no-name Cowboys defense.
Week 7: at Dallas Cowboys
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Eli Manning's play took a turn for the worst last week at Philadelphia, with six sacks taken for -32 yards on the way to a miserable 13/23 for 151 yards passing before being benched late in the game for Ryan Nassib (4/5 for 60 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with two more sacks taken for -11 yards). When the dust settled, the Giants had zero points and 168 net yards passing. Also, they lost their clear number one receiver, Victor Cruz, to a torn patellar tendon (he's done for the season) - Reuben Randle (49 targets for 28/247/2 receiving so far this year), Preston Parker (15 for 11/158/0), and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. (nine for 6/72/1) will have to find a way to fill in for Cruz in the weeks ahead. Tight ends Larry Donnell (36 targets for 26/242/4) and Daniel Fells (eight for 8/78/3) may have more work with Cruz out. One thing is certain, the Giants' passing attack is in flux entering this key NFC East divisional game. The Cowboys' pass D is among the top half of the league, currently ranking 12th in the NFL averaging 227.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores balanced by seven interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and seven sacks (tied for 26th) generated. Russell Wilson was stymied last week - he managed just 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for zero yards lost. Ryan Fitzpatrick also had under 200 yards passing at Dallas two weeks ago, posting 16/25 for 154 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown. Of late, the Cowboys' secondary has been suffocating the opposition. This looks like a bad week to invest in the Giants' reformulated passing attack.
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2014 Week 4 vs WAS (28 / 39 / 300 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Eli Manning easily had his best performance of the season so far against the Redskins on Thursday night. The Redskins seemed determined to stop the rushing attack of Jennings which left a lot of room in the passing game for Manning to work with. Manning was calm and decisive in the pocket throughout the game. He was excellent in the pre-snap phase and fired passes on time without much hesitation. Manning first touchdown pass came on a seam route pass deep in Redskin territory. Manning threw a high seam pass for Larry Donnell who jumped high and claimed the football easily for the score. Manning hit Donnell again later in the first half on a post route in the redzone for the second touchdown pass. The Redskins safety looked out of position from the snap and it was simple pitch and catch between Manning and Donnell. Manning showed terrific accuracy and confidence as he hit Reuben Randle on a fade pattern on the sideline, fitting the pass perfectly in front of the defender but also in stride for Randle. Manning found Donnell yet again on a fade pass in the redzone. Manning threw a very high pass safely in a location only his receiver could catch the ball. Manning was rarely hit in the pocket and took few sacks as his offensive line gave him enough time in the pocket on most downs. Manning missed a few chances in the second half for more points as he overthrew both Cruz and Parker on streak patterns. The Giants defense forced a lot of turnovers from Washington however, and the Giants got many short fields to work with in the second half. Manning found Jennings open out of the backfield in the redzone but Jennings dropped the pass that easily would have resulted in a touchdown. Unfortunately for Manning, his next pass hit Randle in the hands over the goal line but the pass was subsequently punched out of Randle's grasp and flew into the air before being caught by a Washington defender. Things quickly unravelled for Washington and Manning continued to pile on the points. Manning found tight end Fells completely open after a play action fake on the goal line drew all the attention. Manning then was able to score in the redzone again, scrambling over the goal line as the defense gave up a lot of running room over the middle. Manning could have been picked by the Washington safety towards the end of the game but the ball was dropped. Manning played at a very high level but was aided by a defense that looked poor against the pass and many short fields set up by sloppy Redskin turnovers.
2014 Week 5 vs ATL (19 / 30 / 200 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Eli Manning played a solid game on Sunday against the Falcons and was very efficient throwing the ball. Manning was turnover free and sustained long drives when given the opportunity which helped ensure the win. Manning was patient in the pocket and did not force or risk a bad throw when nobody was open down the field. He threw a wide variety of patterns to his receivers and kept Atlanta guessing defensively. Manning was slightly off target on a few deep throws however. Manning was slightly off target on a deep streak pattern to Parker who was wide open down field. Parker managed to secure the pass but tripped over himself as he turned around to catch the ball. Manning hit Randle in the back of the endzone on a high ball but Randle just stepped out of bounds despite being completely open. Fortunately, Manning was able to find Randle again on a comeback route in the endzone and the Giants scored regardless. Manning mis fired again however, as he completely overthrew rookie receiver Beckham who had broken free from the secondary on a go route. Manning looked to hit Beckham again deep but Atlanta defender fouled Beckham and pass interference was called instead. Manning almost found Cruz on a fade route but an excellent break up by the secondary caused it to fall incomplete. Manning looked on fire as the game progressed and found open receivers with accurate balls very often. Manning's second touchdown came on a high pass deep to Beckham. Beckham was wide open and went up to easily snag the football from Manning, who placed it high and away from the defender. Manning did not manage gaudy statistics but still played extremely well and was mistake free for the most part. He was excellent in the pre snap and decisive where he wanted to go with the football.
2014 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 23 / 151 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Eli Manning accomplished very little offensively on Sunday night and failed to lift his teammates during a bad performance. The entire offense functioned poorly and Manning looked helpless in the pocket at times. Manning was under a heavy pass rush often in obvious passing situations and the Giants offensive line did not provide adequate protection. As a result, Manning was forced to rush a lot of his throws which was the cause of many incomplete passes. Manning and the Giants failed to adjust to the Eagles pass rush and gave up many sacks on third down. Manning fumbled the ball in the first quarter due to a blindsided hit as he held onto the ball too long in the pocket but he was fortunate that Justin Pugh managed to recover the ball. Manning had a few nice throws on the run to the outside and hit Fells perfectly for a big third down conversion via a seam route but the drives often fell short of the redzone and the Giants couldn't maintain possession. The pocket collapsed very quickly on Manning throughout the game and he quickly had to throw wobbly balls to his check down options to escape the pressure. Manning had passes batted down and was hit in the pocket as he threw on numerous occasions. Manning did manage to connect with Donnell with a one handed grab over the middle in the redzone but a holding penalty negated the touchdown. Manning almost scored again as he hit Cruz in the hands on a fade route but Cruz got injured on the play and the pass fell incomplete.
Latest NewsGiants | Eli Manning has quiet night (Sun Oct 12, 11:02 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 13 of his 23 pass attempts for 151 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was lifted in the final minutes of the fourth quarter in favor backup QB Ryan Nassib. Our View: Just when his owners thought it was safe to go back in the water. Manning in one fell swoop is back to be the shaky matchup play he was until the bottom fell out last year. Next week's game at Dallas will tell us a lot about where this offense is headed.
link to story Giants | Multi-TD game coming for Eli? (Sat Oct 11, 12:40 AM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. In his past nine starts against the Eagles, Manning has thrown two or more touchdown passes in seven of those outings. He has also thrown for 246 or more yards in six of the past seven against Philadelphia. Our View: The offense is firing on all cylinders now, so Eli is starting to reach the potential we felt he had in preseason. This matchup, against the 29th pass defense in the NFL, which has allowed 13 passing scores to date, is a great one for Eli and we have him as a solid QB1 this Sunday night.
link to story Giants | Eli Manning has new approach (Tue Oct 7, 11:56 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning has been asked to throw the ball away more this year by quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf in order to limit the number of times he is sacked and the number of high-risk throws he makes. The new approach has Manning completing a career-best 66.3 percent of his passes, and he is currently on pace for a career-high 36 touchdowns. Our View: Manning is finally catching fire in the new Ben McAdoo system. He has been sacked seven times this year (league average is eight), and he's thrown five interceptions (league average is three) to this point of the season. Manning is the 5th-most blitzed quarterback in the league, seeing extra blitzers on 37.6 percent of his dropbacks. However, the pressure is only getting to him on 16.9 percent of his dropbacks (league average is 23.8).
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