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New York Giants’ Jerry Reese Expects Eli Manning to Bounce Back and Return to Pro Bowl Form

July 24th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

After a career-worst season in 2013, many have been left to wonder if New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is over-the-hill. There has been debate about his ability to return to success while learning a new offense, speculation about his future as his contract slowly winds down and some eye-opening skepticism league-wide. But none of that phases General Manager Jerry Reese, who fully expects Manning to return to Pro Bowl form here in 2014.

"I expect nothing except for him to bounce back and be the pro-bowl caliber football player that we know he can be. He’s still a young football player, all things considered with respect to the quarterback position," Reese said on Wednesday. "We expect him to come back and be a leader, bounce back and not have some of the things that happened to him last year and to be a dynamic football player for us. That’s what I expect from him."

Despite Reese's lofty expectations for Manning, the two sides have yet to sit down and talk contract. And with the 33-year-old quarterback starring down the final two years of his deal — both with pretty significant cap numbers — his future in New York may, indeed, be determined by his ability (or lack thereof) to "bounce back" as his General Manager expects.

Still, Reese says the potential for a contract extension remains wide open, but it's just not something worth engaging this early in training camp.

"We keep all our options open with respect to that. Right now, there’s really nothing to talk about. We’re two days into training camp. We really don’t even talk about contracts at this point," Reese said.

In other words, Manning is going to need to show the team he's still got it if he wishes to see his contract extended beyond the 2015 season.

"This is a high-performance business. You have to perform high," Reese added. "The owners expect everyone to perform high from me to the coaches and the players. This is a high-performance business and we expect to perform at a high level."

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20 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jerry Reese Expects Eli Manning to Bounce Back and Return to Pro Bowl Form”

  1.  Dirt says:

    I fully expect this to be one of the best, if not the best, statistical season in Eli’s career. So many obvious changes that had to be made make this an absolute certainty.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      If these early practices are any indication, Manning’s CMP% should skyrocket. 90% of all passes have been under 15 yards. Fast-paced, dink and dunk, screens, tight ends in the backfield. It’s been interesting.

  2.  turkish says:

    Peter King agrees:

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–My takeaway from one hot afternoon at Giants: Eii’s completion% should skyrocket. It’s dink-and-dunkland.

  3.  T-Thom97 says:

    dan, is that a good thing or???? how did the offense look

  4.  turkish says:

    “ESPN Stats & Info
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    Ben McAdoo expected to shorten the passing game for the Giants. Eli Manning had the highest avg pass distance in 2013 (9.49 yards form LOS)”

    Really excited to see Eli in this offense this year.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It goes beyond shorter passes. The time between snaps is so incredibly fast — it won’t allow for opposing defenses to get subs in and out, they’ll be on their heels often. It’s exciting.

      •  Dirt says:

        This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen you write. So amped.

        • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

          What I’ve seen in two days is exactly what fans have been calling for for years. It’s very fast. The players are fast, the plays are fast, the calls are fast. If they can all grasp the new offense and gel with each other, it has the potential be a tremendously effective and surgical offense.

          •  Dirt says:

            As one such fan, I’m more than willing to own up to being wrong about it, but I’m not worried about having to do so.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Let’s not discount the team football aspect: when you’re not 3-and-out all the time, your defense stays off the field. And unless your QB isn’t throwing pick-6s, you’re generally giving up less points.

    So excited to see how this pans out.

  6.  T-Thom97 says:

    I cant wait to see it. was listening to the eagles station last night…. they are so confident that the division is theirs. the host was sayin how they are the class of the division and said the giants are garbage. how is it everyone is saying how eli regressed??? the man had no running game and NO LINE…. is it just me who can see that

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Philly is the most overrated team in the NFL. They are lead by an unproven QB, lost their best WR and now the NFL has a chance to dissect their offense. Their talent wasn’t great anyways. They remind me so much of the redskins heading into last season.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Nope I am with you 100%. It is like tying a boxers hand behind his back taking off his sneakers, putting nails on the floor and then complaining that he finished as a boxer because he cannot punch and has trouble moving abt the ring. Just look what happened to his brother in the last SB.

    •  turkish says:

      Also, they (Eagles) were a very healthy team in 2013.

      Most Philly radio hosts just push the homer Kool-Aid non-stop. It’s infuriating. Glad to have
      Sirrus/XM back!

  7.  T-Thom97 says:

    I know…they are acting like losing Jackson wont affect them…. he did so much for that team as far as opening up the field. they are fools for thinking they’ll be just fine.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Exactly. Our CBs can man those WRs all day. We can then concentrate on the running game and their TEs. Sproles is an overrated addition because th they have McCoy. If the y play those two together you just treat him like a WR anyways.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m very excited about the pace of the offense. My only concern is that I don’t we should be too much dink a donk. One of Eli’s strengths is the long ball and it should still be used a reasonable amount IMO. But it’s quite possible we are learning the foundation of the offense and that longer passes and other tweaks to Eli’s strengths will come later.

  9.  T-Thom97 says:

    im excited as well. I don’t think the long ball is goin anywhere….its just not gonna be used as often. im excited to see the play snapped with 10 plus secs. how often did we come to the line with 10secs and then we have to audible motion and then there is a delay of game penalty. I was done with gilbride after the Carolina game. he made no adjustments and it was so pathetic.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      It will be especially refreshing to not have to see the play clock run down to zero on every ding-dang play.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Just remember what Norm reminded us, “Killdrive is gone, he can’t hurt us anymore”

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