Eli Manning has been his usual self so far through training camp for the New York Giants as the quarterback has looked every bit of his Pro Bowl form from a season ago.
Coming off last year, arguably the best season of his NFL career where he threw for over 4,400 yards and had 34 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, big things are expected of Manning in 2016. But that is the norm in these parts for a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has twice been named Super Bowl MVP.
In the eyes of Frank Cignetti, his quarterback coach, Manning has started off training camp with a bang.
“Eli has been outstanding. In the classroom, what a pro. Great preparation. You can see on the practice field that he has been a great decision maker,” Cignetti told reporters on Wednesday. “I am so impressed with his fundamentals. I am very impressed with Eli so far in training camp.”
Cignetti was the former offensive coordinator at Rutgers before leaving to join the staff of the St. Louis Rams. This is his first year with the Giants.
Manning will have an opportunity to replicate last season’s form and perhaps even improve on it. With Odell Beckham Jr. back and arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league, Beckham has a star wide receiver to target down the field. Mix in a healthy Victor Cruz and an exciting rookie in Sterling Shepard and suddenly the Giants offense could be improved.
But while Manning is expected to be his normal, elite self Cignetti still thinks that there will be areas for improvement for his quarterback this season.
“Well, with any quarterback, you know, let’s take a look at the green zone, the red zone efficiency. Last year the Giants left some offense on the field,” Cignetti said. “We would like those opportunities this season to be touchdowns.”