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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer defends Eli Manning

There’s tons of Eli Manning slander going on, but former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer thinks he isn’t the problem in the Big Apple. Toomer played with Manning for five seasons, and he even managed to get a Super Bowl ring out of their partnership. Rather than focusing on Manning’s stats, losing record or reluctance to throw the ball downfield, Toomer illuminated a gaping problem most aren’t looking at.

“You can’t expect him to do things without a clean pocket,” Toomer told TMZ Sports. “I mean, he’s a very good operator in the pocket.”

Eli Manning has been sacked 24 times this season, which is second to only Deshaun Watson’s mark of 26. The Giants have attempted to make multiple adjustments, but nothing has seemed to work. Amani Toomer also addressed the criticism the Giants have received for not drafting a first-round quarterback.

“Realistically, there’s not many quarterbacks that you can insert in this situation and get an appreciable difference,” said Toomer.

“I think when you’re getting a rookie quarterback…you’re wishing on a star,” he continued.

Pat Shurmur is off to a rough start in his first season as the head coach of the Giants, as their 1-6 record is far below expectations. Their upcoming matchup with the Washington Redskins is a divisional game, so the Giants will get a huge opportunity to try to salvage their season. The Redskins lead the NFC East with a 4-2 record, and they just beat the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants won’t be able to do much to correct their constantly shifting offensive line, but the’ll continue to see what works best as the season progresses.