June 12, 2018 / 12:18 AM / 9 months ago

Giants' Eli Manning envisions 'peak years left' in career

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning appreciates the support of current and former teammates after a difficult 2017 season that saw him get benched at one point, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP thinks they might have one thing incorrect: The winning times don’t have to be over yet.

May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field at the end of the fourth day of Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK

Speaking to USA Today at a charity event Monday in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Manning was specifically reacting to quotes from Shaun O’Hara, the Giants’ center from 2004-2010.

“They’ve wasted the last few years of Eli’s career, they’ve wasted his prime,” O’Hara told NJ.com over the weekend.

Not so fast, Manning said Monday at a golf tournament for Guiding Eyes of the Blind, which the quarterback has supported for 12 years.

“That’s not the way I look at it,” Manning said. “And I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right.”

In 2017, Manning threw for 3,468 yards, his lowest total since 2008. He threw 19 touchdown passes last season, and only twice has he had fewer than that: in 2013, when he had 18 in 16 games, and in his rookie season of 2004, when he played in nine games and had six touchdown passes.

The Giants finished the 2017 season at 3-13, the NFL’s second-worst record.

But Manning says he sees better times ahead. The Giants hired Pat Shurmur as their new head coach in the offseason, and Manning says he likes what he’s seen of Shurmur’s scheme so far.

“I feel good with the offense,” he said. “I really do. It makes sense. I can visualize it right when the coach starts calling it. I don’t want to say [the offensive philosophy is] simple, but it all has a little common sense to it. So I’m enjoying it, I’m learning from it.”

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