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Longtime Giants QB Eli Manning to Announce Retirement

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs, this according to a report from ESPN.

Manning will hold a news conference on Friday to officially announce the news, the sources said.

Manning, 39, steps away holding almost every passing record in team history and a pair of Super Bowl rings. His victories over the New England Patriots during the 2007 and ’11 seasons are the most iconic moments from a legendary career. They will have him in the conversation for the Hall of Fame in five years when eligible.

Manning is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs. He’s in an elite club with Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw.

His decision to call it a career comes after a season where Manning spent most of his time as the backup to rookie Daniel Jones.

He made it clear after the season that being a backup wasn’t much fun and there wasn’t an interest in returning in a similar role, even if Giants owner John Mara left the door open for it to happen. Mara also said it was possible Manning could return to the organization in another role if he decided to retire.

Sounds Like the Giants Would Welcome a Reunion in 2020 with Eli Manning

Giants team president John Mara said Friday that veteran quarterback Eli Manning remains undecided about his future but Mara would welcome him back either as the backup QB or in another role within the organization in 2020 according to WFAN with Moose & Maggie.

“He’s just undecided right now,” Mara said. “The season just ended recently and he needs to take some more time and think about it. And I’ve told him there’s no time limit on that. We’ll talk whenever he’s ready to sit down and talk again.” When asked if he was willing to leave the door open on Manning remaining with the team as the second-stringer, Mara didn’t seem to have a problem with the notion, though he made it clear that would be a choice made by the franchise’s newest head coach.

“I think so,” Mara said. “Obviously that’s something that Joe Judge is going to have something to say about as well, and I’m not sure that that’s what Eli wants to do but, again, he needs to think about it more.”

Mara remains thankful for Manning’s 16 seasons with the franchise, which included four Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl rings, and the entire NFL respects and admires the consistency and class Manning has shown even during the last two difficult seasons.

“We had a nice, long talk, but I don’t think he’s fully decided yet what he wants to do,” Mara said. “And I’ve told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again. Obviously, he’s been the best representative of this franchise, maybe that we’ve ever had — I mean, both what he’s done on the field, the way he conducts himself off the field, the professionalism that he shows. You can’t ask for a better representative than Eli Manning. So he’s going to take his time, and we’ll hopefully have another discussion at some point in the future.”

It is almost impossible to imagine Eli in any other uniform and it is also unclear what he would do in the Giants organization going forward. He has said that his long weeks sitting on the sidelines with a clipboard this season taught him two things: that he never wants to be a backup again and he does not want to coach. Perhaps a front office position would fit but clearly the Giants are not in any hurry to sever ties whith the face of their team for most of the past two decades.

Giants Move Quickly, Hire Patriots Special Teams and WR Coach Joe Judge as Head Coach

It did not take the Giants all that long to decide on who they wanted to be the top man on their sidelines moving forward.

Early Tuesday the team came to terms with New England Patriots special teams and wide out coach Joe Judge as the team’s new head coach.

The 38-year-old was offered the job hours after New York product Matt Rhule spurned them in favor of a job with the Carolina Panthers.

Many felt that Rhule, a New York native would be the new coach of the Giants. Judge is a Philadelphia native.

Video: Giants Look to Play Spoiler Sunday in NFC East Showdown with Eagles

The Giants will look to play spoiler in their week 17 battle with the Eagles Sunday, as Philly needs a win to clinch the NFC East.

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Video: Jones Throws for Five Scores as Giants Top Redskins in OT 41-35

The Giants and Redskins went back and forth on Sunday in a week 16 NFC East battle, but in the end it was the Giants pulling out a 41-35 win.

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NFL Week 16 Inactives – New York Giants vs Washington Redskins

Here’s today’s inactives for the NFC East battle between the Giants and Redskins.

Giants: QB Alex Tanney, TE Rhett Ellison, RB Wayne Gallman, OL Chad Slade, DB Rashaan Gaulden, OT Eric Smith, WR David Sills

Redskins: CB Quinton Dunbar, QB Colt McCoy, CB Fabian Moreau, RB Josh Ferguson, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, TE Caleb Wilson, OL Ross Pierschbacher

Video: Giants Look for 4th Win of the Season in NFC East Battle with Redskins

The Giants go on the road Sunday as they will battle the Redskins in a NFC East showdown.

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Video: Giants Get a Big Day from Eli, Top Dolphins 36-20

Giants veteran QB Eli Manning looked young again, and the G-Men pounded the Dolphins 36-20 Sunday for their 3rd win of 2019.

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Giants Workhorse RB Barkley Says Mental Aspect of 2019 Has Been “Difficult”

Giants running back Saquon Barkley believes he is 100% healed from the physical effects of his ankle injury but admits that the mental aspect has been “difficult” according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

“Even though physically you feel like you’re back, mentally you might be telling yourself that you’re back, but you watch yourself on film and see that you’re running and you’re protecting yourself,” Barkley said. “You just don’t really think you’re doing it but naturally it’s just happening.”

Barkley actually looked more like himself vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night but still came away with uninspiring statistical results. In his defense, Philly fields one of the best run defenses in the league and he should find the yards much easier this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

There is no denying, however, that the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year (and the first-overall pick in most fantasy drafts this summer) has had a disappointing sophomore season.

Video: Giants Look for Third Win of 2019 in Home Showdown with Dolphins

Coming off a tough loss to the Eagles on Monday night, the Giants are at home to play host to the 3-10 Miami Dolphins at 1pm.

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