2017 Grade: .381
2017 3rd Down: .161
Week 1 at Dallas: The proverbial cliff came two years ago for Eli, but he can still make plays due to his preparation. Without O’dell Beckham, this offense is extremely hamstrung, and it starts with Eli. His arm isn’t what it used to be and his questions decision making is magnified ten-fold because of it. He couldn’t escape the constant Dallas pressure and made just one “plus” play.
Week 2 vs. Detroit: The construction of the Giants roster is befuddling. Eli is the most stationary quarterback in the NFL, and the offensive line isn’t worth its own weight. His complete inability to move around is a mark against him, just as is his newly timid style of play. The GIF below shows that he wants to get rid of the ball at the first sign of something positive. If he waited a fraction of a second longer, he could’ve had a much bigger gain to Evan Engram. This quarterback, and this offense, are broken.
Week 3 at Philadelphia: Eli’s second half was the best version of Manning the Giants have seen this year. It wasn’t enough, however, to undo some poor choices in the first half. Manning’s deteriorating arm has been masked by his exceptional preparation in year’s past, but he isn’t seeing the field like he once did. In the GIF below, he missed an opportunity at a tight window for a first down, instead, taking the check down to the back. Either that window is too tight for his regressing arm, or he didn’t see it – both are a problem. The overall score was a solid and he made some vintage Eli throws (the first touchdown to Beckham) so it’s nice to see there’s a little something left in the tank.
Week 4 at Tampa Bay: Eli was far from the reason the Giants lost their fourth straight to start the season. For the most part, he was accurate, on-time, and he even extended plays using his legs. His strike, down the seam, to O’Dell Beckham (GIF below) was his best throw of the season. When he gets manageable third downs, Manning is still a serviceable quarterback.
Week 5 vs. Los Angele Chargers: If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know I have not been kind to Eli Manning. But the Giants are in need of an offensive overhaul. Eli has his fair share of mistakes (neglected open targets, two inexcusable fumbles, missed deep shots.) Manning also had two hero-type of plays – his touchdowns to Rogers Lewis and O’dell Beckham were examples of exceptional quarterback play. Manning’s inability to navigate on the rare instances where he has a clean pocket, drops, and a lack of separation are just as big of an issue as poor line play.
Week 6 at Denver: If New York can limit Eli to 22 drop backs every week, they will stay in games. His tired arm and utter inability to move hampers the offense immensely. The GIF below is a perfect example of the type of quarterback that will not consistently win in today’s NFL. Eli is entirely washed up.