New York Giants: Top 10 players who need to step up in 2018
By Henry Buggy
#6 – Eli Manning
Gettleman has rebuilt Big Blue’s offense around Manning’s strengths. The Giants have added a franchise left tackle and a game-changer to their backfield in Saquon Barkley.
The last time Big Blue had a top 15 rushing attack was 2012. Like most quarterbacks, Manning plays better when the Giants are a threat on the ground. The decision to select Barkley emphasizes the faith Gettleman and Shurmur have in Manning.
They are betting New York’s 37-year-old quarterback has enough in the tank to lead this franchise for at least a couple more seasons. Manning has shown he can still play at an elite level, but his problem has always been consistency.
Against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, Manning threw for 800 yards with six touchdowns to three interceptions. The G-Men lost both games by five points or less. While Manning showcased his talent against Philadelphia in 2017, he floundered in New York’s outings against Dallas and Washington.
The Giants will need Manning to step up his play if they are hoping for a quick turnaround. The return of Odell Beckham Jr. and the additions of Solder and Barkley will undoubtedly help. But it’s also up to Manning to play at a consistent level and limit his turnovers.