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QB Eli Manning - New York Giants

6-4, 218Born: 1-3-1981College: MississippiDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): At least the Giants pass offense and Manning's fantasy value have a pulse now. Things came together a bit against the Cardinals, and without five drops by Giants receivers, Manning might have had a very nice game. The outlook against the Texans next week isn't great, but in deeper leagues, Manning has at least earned a roster-worthiness.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DET 18 33 163 1 2 0 0 0 0
2 vs ARI 26 39 277 2 2 1 5 0 0
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay 21 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs DET (18 / 33 / 163 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Eli Manning played poorly against the Detroit Lions and struggled to get any consistent rhythm going offensively. Manning's day started off slowly as he was off target on a slant play and then almost got picked off from an inaccurate ball that was tipped into the air. With the aid of some penalties, Manning was able to lead the Giants down the field for a score in the first half. Manning started to develop a nice rapport with TE Donnell and hit him for a big first down over the middle on a seam route. After some failed attempts at a jump ball on the goal line, Manning finally connected with Donnell on 4th down for the score. Manning saw the big size mismatch between his TE and the defender and threw a high football that Donnell easily snagged. Manning faced a heavy pass rush throughout the game and took some big sacks, though not all were his fault. Facing a simple 4 man rush, Manning still was rushed and this lead to a lot of incompletions and bad decisions. Manning also had two interceptions which helped seal the deal for Detroit. Manning's first turnover was somewhat unlucky as his pass hit the leg of TE Donnell due to miscommunication at the line of scrimmage. The pass was tipped into the air and held onto just barely by the Detroit linebacker, with the judges not seeing evidence to overturn the call on the field. Manning's second turnover was completely his fault and a poor pass. Manning saw Cruz open down the sideline on a rollout but fired a very lofty pass that hung in the air for too long and the Detroit safety simply got to the ball before Cruz could. Manning did not play well overall and his turnovers were very costly, however he has few true weapons in this offense while Beckham remains on the sideline. His offensive line is still porous in pass protection also and hard to trust in obvious passing situations. A lone brightspot was the connection he had with TE Donnell however. He was easily the most dangerous looking threat for the Giants and Manning looked his way often when a conversion was needed.

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.


Latest News

Giants | Eli Manning has support from coordinator (Fri Sep 12, 06:52 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning has struggled to pick up the team's new West Coast offense in four preseason games and the regular season opener, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo continues to believe that Manning is the right guy for the job. “He is the perfect fit for this offense,” McAdoo said. “He is very smart. I thought that if there was anything encouraging about what happened in the game (the 35-14 loss to the Detroit Lions), it was the comfort level with his feet and the progress that he is making fundamentally.” McAdoo said that progress is coming, but 'we aren't going to apologize' if it takes weeks or longer. McAdoo also said that he wants to get the ball to WRs Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle more often.

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Giants | Eli Manning a work in progress (Thu Sep 11, 04:16 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning struggled to grasp the team's new West Coast offense in the preseason, and it carried over into Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. Arizona Cardinals head coach and offensive guru Bruce Arians thinks it could take as long as half a season to reprogram a veteran quarterback in a new offense. 'I try to never judge a quarterback in a new offense until Week 8,' Arians said. He said QB Carson Palmer didn't understand their new vertical attack last year until Week 8.

Our View: Interestingly, in an interview with Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports and, former Giants backup David Carr says he saw Manning using old hand signals from Gilbride's offense just prior to one of the interceptions last week. Now as Carr pointed out, he isn't involved in the new offense so he has no idea if they use some of the same hand signals, but there was something off on both picks and clearly Manning and his receivers are not in sync. If Manning is trying to audible or change plays and is either mixing up signals or using the wrong ones or the receivers are not clear on what they mean, it would go a long way towards explaining the dysfunction here. We wouldn't start Eli Manning anytime soon and have him as a QB3 right now. Could he surpass that this week as the Arizona Cardinals force a shootout? Perhaps, but it's safer to avoid him until they get this sorted out.
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