You can now add New York Giants defensive back Michael Hunter to the slew of coaches and teammates who have had enough of the anti-Eli Manning narrative and are seeking to set the record straight.
In recent weeks, we’ve heard both team co-owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch, praise Manning, while general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur have remained firm in their support of the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Meanwhile, running back Saquon Barkley has acknowledged his frustration with the constant Manning bashing, which is a sentiment shared by tight end Evan Engram and several others.
Hunter took his defense of Manning a step further, suggesting that if the Giants do find their way back to the Super Bowl, it’ll come on the arm of their veteran quarterback.
“I will definitely say that Eli is still a gunslinger even though might not believe so. He definitely still has a gun and is still our quarterback. If we make it to the Super Bowl, you got to through him,” Hunter told ClutchPoints. “I feel he’s going to get in there and continue to be Eli. I honestly think he can get the job done and I honestly know he can. He’s ready to get back in with those guys and prove everybody wrong.”
Hunter, who is in his second stint with the Giants after having signed a reserve/futures contract in January, missed out on Manning’s first two title runs, but has seen firsthand the amount of work Eli puts in each and every day. In his mind, and the mind of many others, the demise of Manning has been greatly exaggerated.
While it’s nice to see so many of Manning’s teammates finally defending him, the team will still need to get the job done on Sundays in order to quiet the frothing anti-Eli crowd.