New York Giants franchise quarterback Eli Manning is headed for a big bounce-back year in 2014, as the Giants have made wholescale improvements to the offense. They added a top starting guard in Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton should be an upgrade at center, Odell Beckham Jr. was a big-time addition at wide receiver, Rashad Jennings is a solid bellcow back, and they also added Boston College rookie bruiser Andre Williams into the fold at RB. Add that to the return of a healthy David Wilson, a new offensive coordinator, and improvements from No. 2 receiver Rueben Randle, and you get a supporting cast that should help Manning be more consistent and shake off a 2013 season that will prove to be an anomaly.
Manning suffered an ankle sprain at the tail end of the season, and his rehab from the injury wasn’t difficult and went as expected. He declare himself “game ready” last month and was obviously a full participant in minicamp and OTAs. According to the New York Daily News’s Ebenezer Samuel, Manning has now confirmed that he feels 100% and that his ankle injury is now absolutely no issue.
Samuel writes that Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in mid-April, but worries that he might still feel pain in it during training camp have now been dispelled by that above quote from the QB. Poor offensive line play and miscommunication with his wide receivers led to a down year and some ghastly interceptions, but it would be unwise to bet on a repeat down year from Eli, who is still a very good starting quarterback in this league.