Recovering from ankle surgery in April, quarterback Eli Manning isn't expected to participate in any of the Giants spring activities. General Manager Jerry Reese stated Friday that the team's quarterback should, however, be ready for training camp when it opens in July. "Obviously, he's coming off an ankle injury and he's going to be out of spring ball," Reese said. "He's going to get back when he gets back, but we're not going to rush him back. We want him for the summer. We know he'll be back in the summer, so that's important to us. So if he can do something in the spring, we'd obviously have him out there, but we're not going to rush him back."
Manning is coming off his worst season to date. His 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions were career worsts, since taking over as the team's full-time starter in 2005. Manning has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles, in 2007-08 and 2011-12.
Manning was, in a word, awful in 2013. This surgery and subsequent rehab/recovery period can't be good for the work he needs to put in with his flock of receivers. With Hakeem Nicks off to Indianapolis, WR Victor Cruz is the main receiving target that Manning has returning in 2014.
He's only got room to improve, coming off of last year. However, with new weapons and not as much time to get used to them, Manning doesn't look like a promising fantasy option in 2014. He won't repeat last year's debacle, but he won't be someone you'll want as your main guy. For a two-time Super Bowl winning QB, it's sad to say, but Manning is probably going to head into 2014 ranked outside the top 20. He was the 21st signal-caller off the board in a recent FFWC $99 Draft-n-Go Slow Draft.