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Eli Manning named one of NFL's Top 100 Players

Posted Jun 8, 2016

Eli Manning was featured on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016": 

Following one of his best statistical seasons and a fourth Pro Bowl campaign, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been ranked No. 47 by his peers in the “Top 100 Players of 2016.” The ranking was announced Wednesday night on NFL Network, which unveiled Nos. 50-41.

For the sixth consecutive year, current NFL players voted to determine the rankings, and NFL Network is revealing 10 each week until No. 1 is announced on July 6. This year the NFL received the most player votes in the history of the list.

“Eli Manning, he’s an assassin to me,” Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams said. “He can make throws from the left hash, right hash, down the field. [He’s] a championship-poised quarterback that has been through it all. I just think he has the right package to be in the top 100.”

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The Giants’ all-time passing leader finished one spot ahead of Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones and one behind Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Of course, Manning and Rivers have been linked since the 2004 NFL Draft, where the Giants acquired the No. 1 overall pick and future two-time Super Bowl MVP. 

It was Manning’s third appearance on the “Top 100” and first since 2013 when he was ranked No. 43. He also made it in 2012, coming in at No. 31 after winning his second championship. Jason Pierre-Paul (24), Justin Tuck (62), Victor Cruz (39) and Hakeem Nicks (90) also made the cut that year. Last season, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. represented the Giants at No. 32 following his AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign.

Manning is coming off a year in which he set career highs in attempts (618), completions (387), touchdowns (35) and passer rating (93.6). He came one touchdown shy of the franchise record of 36, set by Y.A. Tittle in 1963. Additionally, Manning moved into eighth in NFL history in career passing touchdowns (294), 10th in completions (3,695) and 11th in passing yards (44,187).

“He does a good job of getting the ball out of his hand quickly,” Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “All their routes are based on timing; he knows where Beckham, where [former Giants wide receiver Rueben] Randle, where all those guys are going to be. So against a guy like him, you’ve got to disrupt his rhythm, but it’s a hard thing to do. He’s always been a tough matchup for us.”

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So how many other Giants will make the list?

The team has three more players who made it to Hawaii last season for the Pro Bowl: Beckham, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kicker Josh Brown.

Regarding the No. 1 spot, defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans will look to defend the title after becoming the first defensive player to top the list in 2015. Running back Adrian Peterson (2013) and quarterbacks Peyton Manning (2014), Aaron Rodgers (2012) and Tom Brady (2011) won in years past.