According to Eli Manning’s older brother Peyton, the Giants’ franchise cornerstone has already started throwing the football.
“He feels good,” Peyton Manning said of Eli. “He was doing some light throwing the other day, obviously just kind of upper-body stuff.”
Peyton seemed to indicate that Eli wasn’t stepping into his throws, but it’s all progress, and it’s part of swift progress from the QB. When the injury first happened, Manning said doctors told him it might be six weeks until he was running, and Giants sources indicated the club would take things slowly. Just last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese announced that Manning would sit out the entire spring.
But his rehab seems to be going well. Last week, in a promotional video released by Steiner Sports, the quarterback declared that he was off crutches and out of his walking boot, and that he’d started running. And he’s apparently keeping his arm prepared for action, too.
Manning's value may be at an all-time low. After eight straight seasons of top 15 finishes, he was the #21 QB in 2013, and he's currently the #20 QB off the board in early fantasy drafts. That puts him behind Alex Smith and Ryan Tannehill. He'll be an interesting player to monitor this offseason as he learns a new offense and deals with the loss of Hakeem Nicks.