Good news for Eagles fans.
Eli Manning is back in 2019, according to Giants head coach Pat Shurmur:
Pat Shurmur on Eli Manning: "He's back." pic.twitter.com/OWLW3NTQLP
– Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) February 27, 2019
"I think Eli can help us win games. When the players around him started to play better, he proved that he could play at a very high level and help us win games. At this point, I want Eli to come back, he's back, ready to go. "
Eli is 38 and enters his 16th season in the NFL. He launched for 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year at a 66% success rate and 11.3 yards per shot. He certainly played better late in the season, but he had 47 sacks, a career high, for a total of 358 yards. All were not his fault, of course.
The fact is that giants can do better. Eli has been in decline for years now, with New York having only organized one victorious season over the past six years. He has Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley in his arsenal, and I have the impression that the Giants are spoiling their glory years by putting a 38-year-old veteran at the center.
Eli's statistics in two games against the Eagles last season:
50-80 (62.5% completion rate), 578 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, six sacks
Thank you New York.