New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning plans to be back for training camp. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on Manning’s performance this season.
Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle earlier in April, but told reporters on Tuesday he planned to be ready when training camp begins in August.
Eli Manning "I think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp. I would hope so."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) April 22, 2014
A healthy Manning is one thing, but productivity is something else.
Manning led the NFL with 27 interceptions during New York’s 7-9 season in 2013. He finished with 3,818 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, but Manning’s passer rating was 69.4 (second lowest total of his career).
Manning led New York to a Super Bowl win during the 2011 season. However, Manning has led his team to the playoffs once during the past five years. In addition, he has thrown at least 25 interceptions twice over the past four seasons.
New York signed Josh Freeman to backup Manning this season. Freeman is not expected to compete against Manning, but is a solid option if Manning is not healthy once training camp begins. Freeman can help New York’s receivers obtain quality preseason minutes if the Giants are cautious with Manning before the regular season.
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