Phil Simms says things are set up for Giants’ Eli Manning to have a ‘really good year’
There’s debate as to how Eli Manning will adjust to his new circumstances with the New York Giants this season. Now that New York has finally drafted his eventual replacement, will Manning rise to the occasion to play his best football in years and stave off retirement? Or crumble under the mounting pressure made heavier by the presence of Daniel Jones? Neither outcome would surprise league followers who are assessing the Giants’ quarterback situation objectively.
Hall-of-Fame quarterback and longtime NFL analyst Chris Simms, though, knows exactly what he expects from Manning in 2019.
“Eli’s gonna be fine,” Simms said, per Steve Serby of the New York Post. “He’s gonna have Saquon Barkley behind him. He’s got a much better offensive line than he had last year, and it’s set up for him to really play well, I really believe that, the opportunities are there for him to have a really good year and keep everybody quit talking about the guy behind him.’’
Manning threw for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions last season, superior numbers to those he’s put up in recent seasons but still not good enough to lift an anemic Giants offense. A free agent after this season, he’s been diplomatic about his future in New York since Jones was drafted, stressing that his focus is solely on steadily improving with his teammates rather than the past or present.
Jones, the most controversial pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, quieted naysayers during his preseason debut last Thursday, going 5-of-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown on just a single offensive series.