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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 (Tue Sep 19): Odell Beckham wasn't 100%, but it's still fair to wonder if the decline is on for Eli Manning, especially playing behind this line. He shouldn't be near our lineups against a tough Eagles defense.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The football world is buzzing over left tackle Ereck Flowers and the Giants' offensive line, but for all the wrong reasons. Fresh off a poor rookie season, Flowers has been comically bad in pass protection throughout training camp and into 2017. He's given up four of the Giants' eight sacks, including two that severely damaged second-quarter drives last week and another that forced a fumble. The abject failures of Flowers and the line as a whole have amplified Eli Manning's struggles, forcing him into mistakes and a low-impact "attack" that's produced an anemic 5.56 adjusted yards per attempt. Third-down back Shane Vereen (13 targets), slot man Sterling Shepard (12), and tight end Evan Engram (12) have been the engine for this passing game with Odell Beckham Jr. hobbled, and an engine like that is rarely the sign of a healthy unit generating any dynamism. Brandon Marshall's contested-ball prowesses has gone for naught, and Beckham's downfield dominance could struggle to manifest in such a neutered offense. Obviously, his return is deeply impactful and will only improve the Giants' passing outlook. But it's fair to wonder just how much impact there can be if Manning can't deliver the ball to him. Eli Manning has been ineffective thus far, targeted mercilessly by opposing pass rushes, and there's plenty of reason to expect the Eagles to join the party. Their pass rush is stout, led by early All-Pro candidate Brandon Graham (3 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks) and stud interior rushers Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan (4 and 3.5 combined). There's enough uncertainty, though, to wonder whether Manning can break out of his shell this week against a banged-up Eagles secondary. Top cornerback Ronald Darby remains out with a dislocated ankle, and the starter on the other side, Jaylen Watkins, was lost in Week 2 to a hamstring strain. Strong safety Rodney McLeod joined Watkins with the same injury later in the game, and both are now very questionable for Week 3. Odell Beckham Jr.'s return should be huge for a receiving corps almost devoid of downfield or playmaking ability. With Darby out, the Eagles lack a shutdown presence in the secondary, and an undermanned unit sets the stage for a potential Beckham eruption.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DAL 56 29 38 220 0 1 1 -1 0 0 9.9
2 vs DET 56 22 32 239 1 1 0 0 0 0 13.95
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 21 36 * * * 1 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 24 39 * * * 1 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 20 38 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs DET (22 / 32 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Giants were not fooling themselves coming into this week's game, and their early play calling seemed to reflect their reticence to hang Eli Manning out to dry. A max protection look on the first dropback saw Manning hesitate and ultimately take a sack, a cruel sign of things to come. With the running backs consistently being stoned for little or no gain, it would fall on Manning's shoulders to move the offense. Once again, however, pass protection let him down time and time again. Left tackle Ereck Flowers in particular was a revolving door and at times was beaten instantly by stud pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah. When given time, Manning looked a little jumpy, but he settled as the game wore on. Ben McAdoo began calling more bootlegs and play action passes to give his quarterback additional time to survey the field. With the offense in some semblance of a rhythm, Manning tossed his only touchdown pass of the game to tight end Evan Engram. The formation, which saw Engram lined up as a lead blocker, fooled the Lions defenders. Off play action, Engram shot up the seam and gave Manning an easy pitch and catch throw. Not long after, a target for his rookie tight end would result in an interception. The pass was not ideally placed on a shallow cross, and Engram had to reach back for it, tipping it into the air in the process. It wasn't all on Manning; at times, receivers in particular Brandon Marshall let him down. A perfectly thrown pass down the right sideline to Marshall was dropped, while several receivers were unable to gain separation. Manning was criticised by his head coach after the game for taking a delay of game penalty on a crucial fourth-and-goal play, and it proved to be costly as the Giants had to settle for a field goal. Offensive ineptitude continues to haunt the Giants, and Manning's confidence has clearly been hit by the lack of protection and rhythm.

2017 Week 1 vs DAL (29 / 38 / 220 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Eli Manning did not play well on Sunday night in Dallas but he had very little support, especially from his offensive line. The Cowboys did not blitz the Giants much and were able to get consistent pressure by only sending 4 men. This gave Manning and his receivers a hard time in the passing game. The much maligned Giants offensive line was as porous as ever and Manning had to rush through his progressions a lot. He failed to find open receivers a lot of the time and this offense seemed lost without Beckham as the focal point. The offense went 3 and out a lot and were rarely in Cowboy territory. Mannings accuracy was also inconsistent and generally poor, he missed many open receivers over the middle. He threw behind Marshall on a slant play over the middle and did not give his receivers much room to work with after having to adjust to some off target balls. Manning rarely had the time to look downfield and the Giants attempted few deep balls. His interception came on a bad decision to threw into a tight window on a slant route as the Cowboy defender undercut the route. The Giants were very rarely in the redzone and the entire passing game got a lot of garbage yards on the final drive when the game was effectively over. Manning has to get better protection from his offensive line and he needs to improve his accuracy if this Giants offense is to show any life this season.


Latest News

Giants | Eli Manning punishes on MNF (Tue Sep 19, 12:14 AM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 22 of his 32 pass attempts for 239 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Giants | Eli Manning not concerned (Thu Sep 14, 10:06 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is not worried about how the offense performed in Week 1. 'First game,' Manning said. 'Guys were playing fast, got some good guys out there, some new bodies, so we'll bounce back. We'll be fine.'

Our View: The one hope here is that the return of Odell Beckham can revitalize the offense because Manning, Brandon Marshall and the running game looked dead on arrival in Week 1.
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Giants | Eli Manning doesn't do much (Mon Sep 11, 01:06 AM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 29 of his 38 passes for 220 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 1 loss at Dallas.

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