Eli Manning returned as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback at home against the Dallas Cowboys, but things were still the same.
Manning connected with his receivers a lot more in the first half, but multiple dropped passes in the second half failed to generate that same rhythm. The Giants and the Cowboys were tied at 10 from the end of the second quarter to the middle of the third quarter. When the Giants offense stalled in the second half, more opportunities opened up for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense struggled for a good bit as well, but they still scored 20 unanswered points to win the game.
As a result, the Giants dropped to 2-11 and currently have the No. 2 spot in the 2018 NFL Draft picture. The thoughts of the Giants drafting a quarterback in the future grow exponentially each day. If the Giants end up doing this, it could be a foot race between Oklahoma’s newly-minted Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and USC’s Sam Darnold. Regardless of which quarterback is taken in the draft (or if the Giants choose a quarterback), there’s a high possibility of one of these men being the next face of the franchise.
But in regards to Manning, he is still the face of the Giants franchise. He’s been that face of the franchise for the last 14 years. From garnering Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honors earlier this year to establishing himself as the most-respected figure in the entire Giants locker room, Manning is basically the Big Apple’s golden boy. To see him in a uniform other than Giants blue will definitely be different, but it’s still not out of the picture.
Manning is still confident that he wants to be in New York in the near future, but even his own father is still unsure about his youngest son’s future. At the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier in the week, Archie Manning said that while Eli was heartbroken over his benching against the Oakland Raiders, he constantly stressed that he still loves playing football in New York. “It’s life,” Archie said of Eli’s last few weeks. “It’s not the end of the world.”
If Manning doesn’t return to the Giants next season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are seen as one of the hotter landing spots. Yes, Blake Bortles has made better strides in playing better football in the latter half of this season, and that’s one of the reasons why the Jaguars are currently on top in the AFC South race. But if the Jaguars end up missing the playoffs or go one-and-done in the first round of the playoffs, they could definitely look in another direction, which could open a door for Manning. On top of that, Manning would be reunited with Tom Coughlin and the chemistry that they built in Manning’s prime could rekindle once again.
But as of right now, Eli Manning will still be starting for the Giants. But will he continue to start for the Giants next season or take his services somewhere else? Those things are still up in the air.
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