- Height / Weight
- 6'5" / 218 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- January 3, 1981 (37)
- 15th Season
- 2004 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 1 (SD)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is excited to have wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) back healthy this year, and Manning thinks his star wideout is in for a big season. "Odell looked healthy," Manning said, via ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "He was running routes full speed, making cuts and seemed to be his old self. So I'm excited about that and that he can go out there and run all the routes." OBJ broke his ankle in Week 4 last year, ruining any chances the Giants offense had at clicking in 2017. Much ado has been made about Beckham's contract situation, but with that put aside, he should return to WR1 status if he stays healthy this year.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning thinks wide receiver Sterling Shepard could be in for a breakout season in 2018. "I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring," Manning told NJ Advance Media prior to the Gatorade Offense/Defense camp at Kean University on Tuesday. "He's understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques." Shepard is entering his third season and has caught 124 of 189 targets for 1,414 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two season. He might've had his breakout last year if not for an injury in Week 11. The return of Odell Beckham Jr. might hurt Shepard a little, but he still has breakout potential in an offense that could put up big numbers.
Beyond the 2018 season, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's future is uncertain. "This league, it's one year at a time. That's kind of how it goes. I need to go out there and play well this year, and that's all I'm looking forward to," Manning said. The team's brass hasn't said anything regarding Manning other than that he will enter the 2018 season as the starter, and he'll count $22.2 million against the salary cap this season. The 37-year-old can become a free agent after next season, but it appears he has interest in playing beyond that. The Giants have Davis Webb waiting in the wings, and it's widely believed that they'll select a signal caller with the second overall pick in this month's draft. Manning completed only 61.6 percent of his passes last year with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but he could bounce back nicely with Odell Beckham Jr. healthy. Still, Manning is more of an underwhelming fantasy backup at this stage of his career.