Giants GM Dave Gettleman says Eli Manning proved he had ‘plenty left’ last season
There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. It appears general manager Dave Gettleman is still convinced he is the right man for the job in New York.
The jury had been out on Manning going into the 2018 campaign. According to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, Gettleman feels Manning has plenty left in the tank.
“We went into last year thinking that Eli had plenty left, and he proved it.”
It is difficult to determine the degree of how much Manning has left based on Gettleman’s comments. New York seemed to be ready to move on from him last offseason before their significant coaching changes spurred them to keep him under center. It is no secret that he largely underwhelmed throughout the season after throwing for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions en route to another disastrous year.
Despite Manning’s struggles, there is no question that the offense as a whole was largely lackluster outside of running back Saquon Barkley. The departure of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has also inspired little hope about a potential resurgence. Gettleman’s recent comments have now raised further concern regarding the team’s plan for the future.
There is speculation that the Giants could use either of their two first-round picks on a future successor for Manning. This would allow New York to take a cautious approach with the young quarterback’s development as they groom him to be the starter. With Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray being projected to go No. 1, they could potentially go ahead and try to bring in Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.