Erratic New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Tuesday that he “can go out there and do everything.”
Manning had ankle surgery on April 10 and won’t participate in organized team activities this spring.
“I already feel like I can go out there and do everything,” said Manning, 33, who is preparing to operate a fresh system. “We’ll still be smart about it these next few weeks and not overdo anything. If they want to limit me somewhat, I’ll understand that. But I want to take every single rep and they know that.”
New York could have extended Manning’s contract before he underwent the knife and gained significant cap relief.
However, fearing a decline under center, general manager Jerry Reese wasn’t willing to renegotiate with Manning.
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Manning tossed 18 touchdowns, against 27 interceptions, for 3,818 yards in 2013.
Even more worrisome, the two-time Super Bowl MVP completed an atrocious 57.5 percent of his 551 attempts.
Since getting drafted first overall out of Mississippi in 2004, Manning’s thrown 229 scores, in comparison to 171 picks, for 35,345 yards over 153 games.
Owning the current record for consecutive starts by a passer, Peyton’s brother possesses tremendous arm strength and releases the ball with great zip.
Unfortunately, teaming with brittle receivers behind substandard protectors, Manning has been further exposed as an inaccurate turnover machine.
With Manning directing the league’s 28th ranked attack, Big Blue finished 7-9 and again failed to make the playoffs.
To reenergize Manning and help spearhead his rebound, the Giants signed four linemen, added electric wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., and hired new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Despite his ample drawbacks, Manning exudes confidence and never gets rattled.
Plus, with thousands of rules designed to coddle signal-callers, the three-time Pro Bowl selection will likely remain Big Blue’s face until roughly 2020.
Although a permanent headache, Manning should hear more cheers than boos this autumn in the swamps of Jersey.
No matter what, Eli Manning will “take every single rep” of importance and decide the fate of the 2014 New York Giants.by