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 Sep 29): Manning and the Giants offense locked into sync in a big way in Week 4. Larry Donnell has been a revelation at tight end, and the starting WR duo of Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle are winning consistently on the outside. With a soft schedule, Manning might be a suitable QB1 for the rest of the way.
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2014 Week 2 vs ARI (26 / 39 / 277 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Eli Manning played a much better game overall than in week 1 but turnovers and subpar play from his surrounding cast let him down again. Manning started off the game well and spread the ball patiently from the pocket but it wasn't long before one of his passes was picked off. Manning threw a poor ball that bounced off a defender and was tipped into the air for the easy interception by Arizona, ending the promising drive for New York. Manning then began to use pin point accuracy to fit balls into tight windows and looked competent and confident at the helm. He was saved by an extremely fortunate penalty on defense that negated his fumble after a defender hit him from behind. Manning seemed to put this near-miss behind however and threw an excellent touchdown pass to Randle in the corner of the endzone. Manning floated the pass into the corner and Randle was able to tip the ball to himself, using his height to his advantage. Manning had Randle open again on a deep corner route but the pass was underthrown and slightly off target. We saw the Chemistry between Manning and Donnell a lot in this game as the two connected throughout the game for key first downs. Donnell showed a wide catch radius and Manning showed a lot of trust by throwing his way on third downs consistently. The Giants were set up on the goal line in the second half thanks to a pass interference penalty and Manning threw a short strike after play action to wide open Fells for his second score. Due to special teams breakdowns and turnovers again however, the Giants were chasing the game and a lot of the game was placed on Manning's shoulders. Manning's receiving corps really started to let him down in the fourth quarter however after multiple drops by Cruz and a big drop by Randle down the field turned the ball over on downs. The second interception happened at the very end of the game as the Giants situation became hopeless and Manning had no choice but to force balls. Manning played well enough for the Giants to win on Sunday but drops and turnovers from the rest of his team were enough to hold the team back to an 0-2 start.
2014 Week 3 vs HOU (21 / 28 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Eli Manning finally had a turnover free game for New York and easily had his best performance so far this season against the Houston Texans. Manning was aided heavily by a very strong rushing attack from Rashad Jennings and excellent pass protection up front by his offensive line. Manning leaned heavily on the running game at times early in the game which helped keep the defense honest. This improved play action pass plays as a result and kept throwing lanes open all game long over the middle. Manning spread the ball early very well and the defense could not simply focus on one threat aswell as the rushing attack. Manning had a chance to hit Randle on a deep pass on a rollout but he could not place the difficult throw in stride for Randle and it fell incomplete. The Chemistry with Donnell was evident, though not as many completions occurred between the two. Manning did throw a high pass over the middle to Donnell which showed trust and confidence in the young tight end. Manning then converted a third and long situation with a nice comeback route to Parker, which showed excellent timing and anticipation. Manning's first touchdown pass can be largely credited to receiver Cruz. Manning hit Cruz quickly on a mid slant play over the middle and Cruz then made one defender miss as he outran the safety for the pylon. Manning looked a lot more comfortable in the new offense which featured west coast offense concepts, such as a lot short/quick passes that allowed the receivers to get a lot of yards after catch. Manning was lucky to avoid an interception in the redzone as a pass was tipped into the air but fortunately for New York, was uncatchable as a result and fell incomplete. His second touchdown came in the redzone with a perfectly thrown bullet pass to Fells in the back of the endzone. Manning had laser like accuracy to strike his man before he hit out of bounds marker and just in front of the defender in coverage at the time. Manning could have had a third touchdown pass when he floated a nice ball late on a fade route for Randle who, unfortunately, completely mishandled the ball as it hit him in the chest before hitting the ground.
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.
Latest NewsGiants | Eli Manning comfortable in offense (Fri Sep 26, 12:00 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning has become comfortable in the new offense, and he has worked efficiently in the no-huddle. In Week 4 against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Sept. 25, Manning was 20-for-27 on throws 10 yards or shorter, and all four of his touchdown passes came on such passes. 'Yes, starting to like the offense,' Manning said. 'It's fun. Each week we have some new things and different plays that will work. I think everybody, offensive linemen, receivers, are starting to feel the tempo of things and see what we can do in this offense. We just have to keep working.' Head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo have successfully tailored their offense to fit their personnel. Our View: The early season struggles of the Giants offense fit in a preseason narrative of the personnel having trouble with the install, but they appear to have put that behind them. The Giants have a somewhat easy schedule against the pass coming up, so Manning could be a surprise QB1 going forward.
link to story Giants | Eli Manning sharp in rout (Thu Sep 25, 11:47 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning threw for 300 yards and four scores and rushed for a touchdown in the team's 45-14 win over the Washington Redskins Thursday, Sept. 25. Our View: Manning is getting more and more comfortable in the Ben McAdoo system. The shorter passing to the tight ends helps Manning gain confidence, then he'll take a few shots downfield to guys like Victor Cruz. It also helps that Rueben Randle is playing well as the team's possession receiver. Manning isn't going to do this every week, so if you were forced into starting him for a bye consider yourself lucky. From here on out, Manning should be a mid-level QB2 with upside.
link to story Giants | Eli Manning struggling on deep passes (Thu Sep 25, 04:30 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning has looked more comfortable in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system the last two weeks, but he's still struggling on deep passes. Manning is 0-for-7 with an interception on passes past 20 yards this year. He completed only 28.6 percent of downfield passes for a passer rating of 62.9 last year, too. Manning completed 36.3 percent of downfield passes from 2009 to 2012, though. Our View: Expect Manning to stay short, which is a big part of the offense going forward. Our very own Andrew Garda has been out at Giants camp and noted that even when the offensive line is doing well, the Giants are looking for short, quick passes, getting the ball into their receivers hands and allowing them to make the plays. Manning also has struggled deep in part because until last week, the line played badly and he didn't have time to set and throw properly. Last week he had good protection and only went deeper than 20 yards once. Expect him to keep things short. He's a QB2 with upside this week.
link to story Giants | Eli Manning more comfortable (Wed Sep 24, 12:48 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is starting to feel more comfortable in the team's new offense after he completed 75 percent of his passes in Week 3 with two touchdowns. 'It's coming around,' Manning said. 'You need some live games. Practice is one thing. Live games are different. It's a different speed, a different pace. It's seeing things. That's where you get your best reps and a better feel for things.' Our View: The comfort level for Manning is showing on the field. Things are looking better with the Giants offense. Manning got Victor Cruz back on track last week, and he's continuing to pepper Larry Donnell with passes.
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