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Giants Now: Eli & Peyton Manning hit the links


Eli and Peyton Manning hit the links

It's been over a year since Eli Manning hung up his football cleats and rode off into retirement.

But while he may no longer be suiting up for the Giants on Sundays, he is far from done with sports.

Eli, his brother Peyton, long-time NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, and numerous other celebrities hit the links at Muirfield Village in Ohio this week as the Memorial Tournament held its annual Pro-Am.

The two Manning brothers have often been compared over the better part of the last two decades. However, both have always taken it in stride, often making sly jokes at the expense of the other. Of course, this is exactly what happened on the golf course this week.

After hitting a nice drive on one hole, a fan shouted out to Eli, "Better than your brother!" The legendary Giants quarterback couldn't help but smile before responding, "Not saying much."

Following the round of golf, the Manning brothers sat down with NFL Network's MJ Acosta Ruiz to answer some funny questions about each other, which can be found in the video below.

Pro Football Focus impressed by Giants' receiving corps

Pro Football Focus has seemingly been impressed with the look of the Giants' 2021 roster.

Last week, Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence were ranked two of the top defensive tackles by the analytics site. Then PFF's Anthony Treash named Kenny Golladay one of the league's top deep threats. Earlier this week, PFF's Ben Linsey broke down the top outside cornerbacks in the NFL, where James Bradberry ranked No. 5 and Adoree' Jackson No. 12.

The analytics site continued their position rankings with a look at the top receiving corps in the league, and after undergoing a large transformation this offseason, the Giants came in at No. 11. However, PFF's Steve Palazzolo noted that the group has "top-five potential."

As Palazzolo writes, "One of the biggest offseason storylines is the overhaul of New York's pass-catchers. They signed Kenny Golladay, perhaps the best catch-point receiver in the NFL, and he'll immediately add a necessary vertical threat. Since entering the league, Golladay has caught 53.6% of his contested targets, the fourth-best in the NFL. The addition of Golladay takes the pressure off Darius Slayton, who has been an explosive playmaker in his own right. He's averaged 15.2 yards per reception in his two years, and he pairs with Golladay to form one of the better vertical duos in the league.

"The Giants then drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and he can make an immediate impact in the slot and on gimmick plays. Toney is dynamic with the ball in his hands; he'll battle veteran Sterling Shepard for slot snaps after Shepard posted the top receiving grade on the team at 79.4 a year ago while ranking second with 37 first downs. That gives the Giants four receivers with different skill sets who can all contribute in their own way. They also took a flier on speedster John Ross, who has a couple of plays per year that remind you of his top-10 ability and 4.22 speed."

Palazzolo also mentioned Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph as reasons for optimism about the Giants' talented group of pass-catchers.

The Giants' high ranking should not come as much of a surprise, as just last month, PFF listed the Giants as having the second-most improved receiving corps this offseason.

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Through the Years: Eli & Peyton Manning

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