Eli Manning Fantasy News

Giants OC Ben McAdoo says offensive improvement 'usually shows up' in the second year

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 1:35pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

All of Giants QB Eli Manning’s statistics trended upward in 2014 after a sub-par 2013, with room for more growth.

“Usually when you put in changes or change the system or address fundamentals, it usually shows up in Year 2,’’ OC Ben McAdoo said. “I like the look in his eye. I am excited for what is on the plate this year.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

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Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:10pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll be able to compete for the QB1 job:

“Really just talking with Coach Kelly and knowing I’m coming with the opportunity to compete for the starting job,” Sanchez said, via CSN Philly. “That was important to me. There were some other opportunities out there, but I didn’t want to switch systems again. On a one-year deal, it’s different for maybe a defensive player then for an offensive player, especially a quarterback. You’ve got to learn a whole new language again. I started to feel real comfortable and I felt like to be honest, personally, there’s some unfinished business we left out there. I know I can play a little bit better than that. I know we can get this team in the playoffs. I think we have the talent to do that.”

Fantasy Impact:

We believe that it's Bradford's job to lose. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:31am

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

Eli Manning was in uncharted waters a year ago at this time. He was learning a new offense for the first time in his NFL career, while nursing an ankle injury that still hadn’t fully healed. His immediate future seemed filled with uncertainty.

But he feels none of that uncertainty now.

Manning is ready to take the no-longer-new Ben McAdoo offense “to another level” in the 2015 season, now that he’s so much more familiar with the playbook after a full year in the system. In an interview with the team website – Manning wasn’t made available to any outside reporters – the quarterback spoke of an “easier transition” in Year 2 that has him “excited” for the possibilities of the offense on his 6-10 team.

“This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it."

Fantasy Impact:

Manning will benefit with bust-out new star Odel Beckham Jr. and what looks like the return of Victor Cruz at WR. Plus, he seemed to be more on the same page with Rueben Randle toward the end of last season, so Manning will be surrounded by weapons in 2015. He'll be drafted as a QB2 most likely but with the potential to put up QB1 fantasy stats from time to time.

Giants hopeful, but not counting on Victor Cruz returning to form

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 8:24pm

New York Post - [Full Article]

All involved with the Giants are breathlessly awaiting the pairing of Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz as 2015 targets for Eli Manning, but general manager Jerry Reese has sounded the alarm that he cannot unequivocally count on vintage Cruz next season.

“You’ve got to prepare as if, ‘What if Victor Cruz doesn’t come back?’ ’’ Reese said Tuesday. “If you are a personnel guy, or a general manager, that is always in the back of your head. What if this guy doesn’t come back and be the player that we think he is?’’

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz had surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in his right knee suffered Oct. 12 in Philadelphia and the estimated recovery time was put at nine months. Cruz has vowed to return to his past form, but Reese spoke of him in a tone similar to the one Reese took a year ago when running back David Wilson was dealing with a neck injury that ultimately forced him to retire.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:34am

New York Post - [Full Article]

Like everything else Odell Beckham Jr. has done his rookie season, Eli Manning expects Beckham to make the most of this newest experience.

How Beckham handles his first offseason as a pro will help determine the level of success Beckham and the 6-10 Giants reach next season. Manning sure doesn’t want next season to end like this season.

“Not a fun day, it’s disappointing,” Manning said Monday at “Baggie Day” at the Giants training facility. “You have your good years and your bad years and you just have to learn from it.’’

Manning said Beckham, who was not available to the media, will face a much different challenge now.

“I think he has got things figured out,’’ the 11-year veteran said of the rookie. “I talked to him. He’s going to go back and start training in Arizona [at the Athletes’ Performance Institute] real soon. I think that is great.

Fantasy Impact:

It's amazing what Beckham did this season when he couldn't even get on the field in camp and in the early part of the season. After that he took off and exploded onto the scene finishing 2014 with a line of 91-1305-12 in 12 games. He'll be a highly-sought WR pick in next season's drafts.

Andre Williams looks to improve his pass-catching

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:29am

New York Post - [Full Article]

Rookie running back Andre Williams put together a productive season, leading the Giants in rushing with 721 yards, and there is much improvement ahead.

Especially catching the football. He worked hard in that department, getting maximum use out of the Jugs machine, but now it’s a mental game.

“I feel like I have a different set of hands,’’ Williams said of his 18 receptions, good for 130 yards after not catching a pass his senior year at Boston College. “I feel like I have a better grasp on how the catching mechanism is supposed to work.’’

Now comes Step 2.

“It’s not really anything physical, it’s mental,’’ Williams said. “You come into the league and it’s like, ‘I was catching passes from college quarterbacks, but now this is Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, who is throwing balls to Odell Beckham who has something crazy going on with his hands. He can catch them with one hand and I couldn’t even begin to think of how to accomplish that. It’s definitely a mental game, just having confidence that you are capable of it. Once you have that then you can really start working on actually catching the ball.’’

Fantasy Impact:

The story added that Williams is an intelligent player and is going to pick the brains of veteran running backs like Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy this offseason, along with his continuing dialogue with Giants’ veteran back Rashad Jennings. Any improvement in the pass-catching game could give Williams the edge to a more significant role next year. Jennings is approaching old age in terms of RBs (will be 30 in March) and was banged up in 2014.

Tom Coughlin survives, will return to Giants in 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014, 12:19pm

Dan Graziano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Tom Coughlin has been told that he will return to Giants in 2015, but still has a meeting with John Mara today about potential staff changes.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants have played much better in the second half and have been aided by WR Odell Beckham Jr. and his bust-out rookie season. QB Eli Manning and the rest of the offense seem to have a much better grasp of OC Ben McAdoo's system than they did in preseason and in the early part of 2014. Perhaps the fall comes on the defensive side.

Giants Beat: WR Odell Beckham is the 'total package'

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on WR Odell Beckham: ...what we're watching with Beckham on a weekly basis (a daily one, in fact, when you take into account his practice antics) is a player gifted with such raw athleticism that he stands out on a field whose other occupants are also world-class athletes. He's impressive in all facets. He runs great routes. He has great hands. He plays bigger than his 5-foot-11 size would indicate, because he has the ability to outjump defenders and locate the ball in the air before they do. He has the blazing speed you've seen. Really, from a raw talent standpoint, he's the total package. What he's doing is even more incredible due to the facts that he missed all of training camp and the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury, and that he and Victor Cruz played only two games together. Eli Manning is targeting Beckham pretty much all the time, and it's working. Expect to see a lot of him.

Fantasy Impact:

Since his season started in Week 5, Beckham is the #2 fantasy receiver, averaging 7.1 catches for 97 yards and 0.9 TD. He will be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Giants bench Rueben Randle again

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:00am

New York Post - [Full Article]

Receiver Rueben Randle did not start Sunday and was benched for the entire first quarter — the second time in the past three games he has been disciplined by Tom Coughlin.

“That’s between Rueben and I,’’ the coach said after the 24-13 victory over the Redskins.

Two weeks ago, Randle did not play in the first quarter in Jacksonville because he was late to a team meeting earlier in the week. This time, Randle again ran afoul of Coughlin.

“Things not always going to go your way, so when adversity hits you, got to pull through and make the best of it,’’ Randle said.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a troubling slide for Randle, who has had a disappointing season and has shrunk as rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has ascended, the story pointed out. He let the first two passes thrown his way slip through his hands and ended up with two receptions for 30 yards. He did make a difficult, in-traffic 18-yard grab in the fourth quarter on third-and-8 to set up Beckham’s third touchdown. Eli Manning said it throws off the rhythm of things when referring to Randle.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Giants QB Eli Manning (back, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Manning is good to go for a great matchup against the Redskins.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Giants QB Eli Manning (back) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Manning’s injury is not believed to be serious.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Giants QB Eli Manning (back) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Manning’s injury is not believed to be serious.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:24am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Giants general manager Jerry Reese was pleased to see Eli Manning make it through the bye week with just five interceptions after a disastrous 27-pick campaign in 2013.

But now, he has another set of instructions: Let it rip.

During his annual state of the organization on Monday, Reese said that he sees the offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo as one that is developing some cautious tendencies.

Manning, he thinks, can take things in another direction by being more aggressive.

"I just think, as an offense, we have to be more aggressive," Reese said. "I think at times we're a little bit almost too cautious with what we're doing offensively. This is the National Football League. You've got to go out there and you have to win the game. You can't think something's going to fall into your lap. You've got to go out and take the games. I think we have to be more aggressive offensively. I appreciate Eli taking care of the ball and not turning it over because that correlates to wins a lot of the time, but you can't be too cautious."

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out that under the team's previous offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, a system was in place where Manning could take more calculated shots down field than many other quarterbacks. It was the team's choice not to hire a coordinator with knowledge of that offense when Gilbride retired back in January.

Giants put WR Jerrel Jernigan on IR

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:14pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The struggling New York Giants have a fresh reason to push for first-round draft pick Odell Beckham's return from a nagging hamstring injury.

The team announced Tuesday that wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a dreaded mid-foot sprain. He will wear a protective boot and rehab the foot.

A third-round draft pick in 2011, Jernigan started alongside Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle in a three-wide receiver alignment against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.

Fantasy Impact:

Jernigan looked like a huge sleeper candidate in 2014 until the team drafted Beckham. Then Jernigan was back in the picture with Beckham unable to get on the field much of camp. But now, it's another blow to the Giants offense. Although Jernigan closed out the 2013 season in impressive fashion with 237 yards over the final three games, he managed just 40 yards on nine targets as Eli Manning's No. 3 receiver this month. A free agent in 2015, he's a good bet to seek greener pastures, the story said. Corey Washington could get more action if Beckham can't go this week.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:35pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of good news, here's some for the Giants and WR Victor Cruz. The Giants top wide receiver appears likely to avoid what some consider the NFL's top cornerback.

Arizona's Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player. And while he has in the past slipped inside to guard receivers in the slot -- where Cruz resides on a regular basis -- he's unlikely to do it on Sunday when the Giants welcome the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener.

When asked about it this week, Peterson told Cardinals reporters that Cruz was "an inside guy." He then went on to explain that he didn't expect to move around until Arizona plays the 49ers and top wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

"Now next week when we play San Francisco, not to jump ahead, when we get to those guys, that's when you'll start to see a little matching up, here and there," Peterson said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants had trouble getting Cruz the ball in the opener. He had two receptions 24 yards on Monday night in Detroit, and expressed a need the following day to get the ball earlier and more often, even if he did drop a pair of passes. Both he and Rueben Randle didn't appear on the same page as Eli Manning several times when Manning changed the play. The bad news is Peterson will be on someone, perhaps Randle, on Sunday afternoon.

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