Big Blue: Five Most Valuable Giants in 2016
5. Eli Manning
The success of Eli Manning is pivotal to the success the New York Giants. That’s a no-brainer. The Giants have been a pass heavy offense since coach Ben McAdoo arrived, in 2014, as the offensive coordinator. As Eli goes, so will Big Blue. Manning is coming off one of the finer statistical seasons of his storied career. He posted career highs in touchdown passes (35) and quarterback rating (93.6), and his second highest passing yards total (4,432), while completing over 60% of his passes.
The reason he isn’t higher on this list is because of his consistency. Now in his 13th season, you know what you’re getting from Eli Manning. Including playoffs, Manning has started 194 consecutive games, the longest active streak for an NFL quarterback. Remember he is a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.
In an Aug. 13, 2016 article on ESPN.com, Giants’ beat writer Jordan Raanan foresees a career year for Manning.
"“With an improved supporting cast and this being Manning’s third season in coach Ben McAdoo’s offense, there is reason to believe it could only get better in 2016.”"
The offensive line is still a work in progress, but the Giants have added depth at wide receiver in second-round draft pick Sterling Shepard.