2013 was far from a solid year for the New York Giants, and although there's plenty of blame to go around, the Big Blue lighting rod always seems to be quarterback Eli Manning. That didn't change earlier this week as Rotoworld listed Easy E as one of the most disappointing players of the 2013 NFL season and, in at least some regards, his ranking there is justified.
"A much worse — and much harder to explain — implosion took place 225 miles up the northeast megalopolis from RGIII. Manning’s 27 interceptions were the most by any player since Brett Favre tossed 29 in 2005. Manning has now thrown 42 picks over his past 32 games, and posted a 4:10 TD:INT ratio over five December starts. Adding to Eli’s figurative limp into the offseason was a literal one, as he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 17. Forgetting the inane debate over Manning’s 'eliteness,' it’s impossible to argue that his Giants tenure has been an unsuccessful one. But if Peyton’s little brother doesn’t find more success in 2014, succession planning will begin in earnest for one of the league’s most intelligent franchises."
But Manning wasn't the sole Giants listed, as you might expect. And while none of the offensive lineman found their names amongst the most disappointing of 2013, tight end Brandon Myers, who came off of a huge 2012 campaign with the Oakland Raiders, did.
"Myers made his name racking up cheap catches for an overmatched Raiders team in 2012. He parlayed it into a one-year deal for a club and quarterback who have never hesitated to dump the ball off to the tight end. But instead of easy money over the middle, the Giants got a player whose receiving production fell by nearly a third. Throw that on top of utterly incompetent blocking, and you have a player who won’t be invited back to the TE1 ranks, either in 'real life' or fantasy."
Although Manning is a certainty to return in 2014, Myers has a voidable deal and has likely played his one and only season for Big Blue.
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