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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Giant Question: Is Eli Manning in decline?

By on 4/16/2014 08:00:00 AM

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had the worst season of his career in 2013, throwing a career-high 27 interceptions with his lowest touchdown total (18) since becoming the full-time starter. Add in recent surgery on his left ankle, and it's worth wondering if the two-time Super Bowl MVP has seen his better days at age 33. Is Manning in the midst of a decline?

Manning has two years remaining on his contract, and the Giants look likely to postpone any talks about an extension until after the 2014 season. Former Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has replaced Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator for New York, which is a positive development for Manning under the assumption McAdoo brings some elements of Green Bay's offense with him.

There's no concern about Manning's status for the start of training camp as he recovers from ankle surgery, but his streak of 151 consecutive regular season starts now looks vulnerable in a way it hasn't up to this point. The Giants have not upgraded at wide receiver after losing Hakeem Nicks in free agency, so even in a best-case scenario the younger Manning may have a hard time recapturing his previous form next season.


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