Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) points during the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Eli Manning is heading into the 2015 season with a year of Ben McAdoo’s offense already under his belt. This time last year the Giants were just trying to figure out the playbook and new terminology. The offense sputtered early in the season and was clearly out of sync for a good portion of the year.
Despite this, Manning still threw for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns. This is made all the more impressive when you factor in his leading receiver was a rookie who missed the first quarter of the season, his tight had only 3 career receptions coming into 2014, his primary receiver since 2011 was lost to an injury in week 6, and the offensive line could not block for the 23rd ranked rushing attack.
With a year of the offense under his belt I expect Eli to really flourish. His passing completion percentage was a career high in 2014 at 63.3%. I expect that number to rise. McAdoo’s system has seemed to fit Eli very well with quick passes and less option routes for the receivers to misread. He has talent around him, and an improved team to guide, among other reasons as to why he may walk out of 2015 with his first NFL MVP award.
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