The New York Giants are not exactly going into the 2014 season with a positive outlook. The preseason was not solid at all, and Eli Manning has not shown that he has turned things around after a dreadful 2013 season. If they get off to another terrible start, changes will need to be made sooner rather than later. Manning knows this, and that is why so much pressure will be on him this year.
While older brother Peyton was setting records out in Denver, Eli was struggling all year long for the Giants. His biggest issue came down to interceptions, as he threw a grand total of 27 in the 2013 season. Most quarterbacks in the NFL would face a lot more scrutiny following a season like that, but fortunately for him, 2 Super Bowl rings give him a little bit more leeway to work through things.
What makes some people optimistic about 2014 is the fact that the New York Giants have made some moves to try and improve around him. The offensive line has been addressed to help him work with a little bit more time. He has a new, exciting rookie wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. to throw the ball to. A pair of running backs in Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams have been added to balance everything out. At the end of the day, Manning has to be the leader and focal point of the offense for them to succeed in the NFC East.
Eli Manning has never been as good as his brother Peyton individually, and all one has to do is look at their fantasy football numbers to figure that out. However, the younger brother always seems to rise up to the occasion when people start to count him out. After a dreadful 2013 season, people are unsure whether or not he has anything left in the tank. This is the time he usually answers the bell and comes back as strong as ever.
- Mark Klug