NFL Network's coverage of the Top 100 Players of 2013 continued on Tuesday night, and another New York Giants player appeared on the list. Quarterback Eli Manning joined teammates Jason Pierre-Paul (No. 55) and Victor Cruz (No. 58), making the list at No. 43.
The 32-year-old quarterback threw for 3,948 yards with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with an 87.2 quarterback rating in the 2012 season.
In the video section for Manning, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole and Washington Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan all spoke on their experiences playing against Manning.
Aldon Smith on Manning:
"Yea, not too high up on the list, more bottom on the list. It's my natural hatred for QB's. It's how it works."
Haloti Ngata on Manning:
"You got to be aware how mentally sharp he is, how smart he is, it's like playing his brother. Mentally, he's so similar, he has command of his offense. The Giants go where they go and it's why they've been so successful over the last few years."
Trent Cole on Manning:
"He's become a great quarterback. He gets the ball down field to his targets and to his play makers. People, he's easily in the top five quarterbacks. I don't know if I will ever put him over his brother, but he's right there."
Ryan Kerrigan on Manning:
"He always seems to make the big throw. He killed us with the game-winning throw to Cruz with a minute left and we had a lot of momentum going into that last quarter. He never gives up on a play and that's what is so impressive about him."
Last season, Manning was ranked No. 32 on the Top 100 Players of 2012 list, having thrown for three more touchdown passes and almost 1,000 more yards for the Giants.
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