Now in his ninth year in the NFL, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is no stranger to making a lot of throws. However, through nine games this season, Manning has already attempted 318 passes, which ranks him 8th in the NFL. And when evaluating his recent struggles, ESPN's Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski came to a rather unexpected conclusion: the two-time Super Bowl MVP may be suffering from arm fatigue.
“Ron Jaworski and I were having this conversation this week,” Cosell said. “I looked at Eli on Monday; Jaws looked at Eli on Wednesday. And he made a very interesting comment. It really struck me, and I would defer to Jaws on this because I’ve never taken snaps in the NFL. … It looks to him like Eli’s arm is a little tired. And that he’s not driving the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels the way we’ve come to expect. Because Eli has a strong arm."
And what started as mere speculation was later confirmed (allegedly) by someone much closer to the Giants organization and to Manning himself.
“And we even got that sort of confirmed by someone who’s a lot closer to the situation. His arm’s a little bit tired right now. He’s missed some throws that he would normally make," Cosell added.
If this is true and Manning really is suffering from arm fatigue, there's still 0% chance they bench him in favor of David Carr. What they may do however, is rely more heavily on the running game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and hope that Manning's arm gets the rest it needs during their bye week.
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