(Editor's Note: With the offseason in full swing, the focus is now shifting to the 2016 season, where the Cowboys have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. Not only do the Cowboys face five playoff teams but many of the top players in football. So the writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys. Today, we continue the list with Giants quarterback Eli Manning.)
Name: Eli Manning
Team:New York Giants
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 218
Experience: 12 seasons
College: Ole Miss
2016 vs. Cowboys:For the fifth time in Manning's career, he will start a regular season against the Cowboys. The Week 1 matchup will be a Sunday afternoon affair at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 11. The two teams will square off again two months later on Dec. 11 in the Meadowlands.
What's the Deal: Since Manning's first year as a full-time starter in 2005, he went eight straight years without the Giants finishing with a losing record. In that span, he won two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVPs.
However, the Giants are coming off their third straight losing season, suffering another 6-10 season in 2015.
Because of several players backing out of the game due to injury, Manning was selected to the Pro Bowl last year, his fourth of his career.
This year, the Giants added some more playmakers at receiver. Oklahoma rookie Sterling Shephard was the 40th overall pick and will add another speed dimension to already potent group that features Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr.
Expect This: Mark this one down – Manning will definitely be on the field for both of the Cowboys' meetings with the Giants. The jury is always out with Manning on how he will play, but getting to the game has never been an issue. Manning has started 183 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest in NFL history and the most by an active quarterback.
Previous Meetings: Manning has played the Cowboys 23 times, owning an 11-12 all-time record against Dallas. He did win his first three starts at AT&T Stadium, but is 0-4 in his last seven appearances in Arlington.
Bryan Broaddus Scouting Report:
- You would be hard pressed to find a player in this league that is more Jekyll-Hyde than Eli Manning. As well as he has played in victories for the Giants, he has also had a major role in many of their defeats. When I have had the chance to visit with members of the Giants staff in the past, they generally have no idea which Manning might show up week to week. But going back through his long career with the Giants, some of his best days throwing the ball came against Dallas. Has had six games in his career where he has passed for over 330 yards versus the Cowboys and multiple games where he has thrown for four touchdowns.
- A model of durability. Has made 183 consecutive starts since 2005.[embeddedad0]
- Shows more athletic ability than you would think in the pocket. Doesn't look to run but he can avoid pressure and slide outside. Some of his best work is when he can slide forward in the pocket and deliver the ball. Maintains good control and throws effectively on the move.
- Plays with his eyes down the field. Holds the ball high and has a quick compact delivery and a strong arm.
- Very accurate in the short and intermediate range. Drills the ball nicely between defenders over the middle. Can fire the long out. Shows fairly good touch.
- Since the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr, has developed into a better deep ball passer. There still are snaps where he will under throw or be off line when attempting these types of passes.
- Smooth ball handler. Fakes well. Patient and confident. Will takes some chances and will force some balls into traffic at times. If he has an issue to his game, it is when he gets into the red zone with his decision making. Far too many where he will just throw the ball up for grabs instead of just getting rid of it.
The writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys.