This year seemed like the perfect last season for Eli Manning. However, the New York Giants clearly have other plans.
Eli Manning is clearly phasing out of the game. Or is he?
According to the New York Giants, he clearly has a lot left in the tank to continue into next season.
As reported by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the 38-year-old quarterback has the Giants “convinced” that he can continue playing at a high level through the 2019 season.
“It is believed Gettleman and Shurmur are convinced the 38-year-old can function as a more-than-competent NFL quarterback, and they greatly value his professionalism, attention to detail, calm demeanor and ability to process information and relay it to his teammates,” Schwartz says. “Upon detailed film study of the entire season, no alarming signs were uncovered to reveal regression in his physical skills, no category of throws he can no longer make.”
Of course there was absolutely no question in regards to Manning’s professionalism and general rapport with both his teammates and his opponents. The most concerning part is whether or not he can hold out with that putrid offensive line for one more season.
Despite an overall disappointing season for the Giants at 5-11, Manning put together a pretty impressive season. He finished 2018 with a career-high in completion percentage at 66 percent. He also finished the year with 4,299 yards, averaging 286.7 yards/game, his highest since 2015.
With that being said, the Giants are clearly going to be scouring the draft boards for their next potential quarterback, as it seems Kyle Lauletta hasn’t made the cut just yet. Which quarterback they’ll go after is still up in the air, despite their clear interest in Dwayne Haskins heading into the draft.
Manning would make an incredible mentor so it makes sense that the Giants are banking on him for 2019. However, a potential regression is a worry for this rebuilding team.
Eli Manning has been the Giants quarterback for a long, long time. Where is harm in letting him help develop the next franchise quarterback in 2019?