The New York Giants have not made the playoffs the past four seasons but star quarterback Eli Manning believes they have what it takes to return to the postseason when the new NFL season opens later this year. The declaration comes even after NFL rumors stating that New York will eventually trade him this season.
“Yeah, definitely. We added some great players in the offseason. We were aggressive in free agency, but still have a lot of our core guys, especially on offense, back and I think we made some good moves on defense,” Eli Manning told the New York Post over the weekend.
“We’re getting some guys back healthy. It’s just a matter of, hey, the talent is there, can we put it together, can we find a way to win the games and play our best football when we need to?”
The NY Giants has a losing record in three of the last four seasons with their last winning season in 2012, when they went 9-7. However, they are confident about their future with Manning still in his prime and with the presence of Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2014.
The Giants are involved in NFL rumors at this point of the offseason but Manning’s recent statement means that he’s comfortable with his situation in New York.
As noted by NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, the Giants were active this 2016 offseason acquiring the likes of tight end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, tackle Damon Harrison in free agency. They also re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and drafted cornerback Eli Apple to shore up their defensive line.
Manning remains one of the top QBs in the league and coming off a season when he passed for 4,436 yards on 387 of 618 completions (62.6%) with 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Manning’s value is about average around the league and it’s expected that he’s included in NFL rumors at this point of his career.
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