On Tuesday, the NFL Network ran the first part of their NFL's Overrated/Underrated Players of all time list for the New York Giants; Frank Gifford was listed as the Giants most underrated player, while Tiki Barber got the overrated title. On Wednesday, they announced the full list in a second part to the series for the most overrated/underrated, which has been running since June 17 on all 32 NFL teams.
The site listed current Giants quarterback Eli Manning, recently departed linebacker Chase Blackburn, former running back/return specialist Dave Meggett, and former running back Ottis Anderson and Joe Morrison on the underrated part of the list.
This is what NFL.com had to say regarding the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback on why he was put on the list:
Hands down, Manning is the greatest New York Giants quarterback ever. Fans don't give Eli enough credit for what he's accomplished in his nine seasons. He's already brought home two Super Bowl championships, one against a team pursuing the first 19-0 season in NFL history. Manning already has thrown for more touchdowns and fewer interceptions than Phil Simms. This season, Manning will most likely surpass Simms as the Giants' all-time leader in passing yards, and solidify his spot as the greatest quarterback in franchise history. For some reason, the perception that Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback still exists, and that makes him underrated.
Not only has Manning won two Super Bowls with the Giants, but he also won each year's Super Bowl MVP Award for his brilliant performance in each game as well. Despite his success in the league since 2004, Manning still gets his share of criticism and doubts from fans of rival teams, but he continues to silence them each season with his play. Since taking over as the team's starting quarterback, Manning is 78-57 in the regular season, 8-3 in the postseason with 28 game-winning drives.
On the other side of the list, it had current Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, former tight end Jeremy Shockey, former running backs Ron Dayne and Brandon Jacobs and former cornerback Jason Sehorn on the Giants most overrated players list.
This was what NFL.com had to say regarding why Tuck was on the overrated side of the list:
As a captain, Tuck is supposed to be a leader on the Giants. The best leaders usually lead by example. Tuck hasn't exactly set the best example over the past two seasons, totaling just nine sacks in that time span. That doesn't cut it on a defense predicated on rushing the passer. The Giants had the NFL's second-worst defense in 2012, allowing 383.4 yards per game. They clearly need more leadership from their captain. If he's going to lead the Giants to another Super Bowl, Tuck needs to get off the Subway diet and start crushing opposing quarterbacks.
In Tuck's defense, he hasn't been healthy for quite some time, as he has had to deal with nagging injuries, which has caused a drop in his production. In the year before his free agency year, Tuck has vowed to change how the defense's mindset is in 2013 and looks to improve his play, along with the whole entire unit, who ranked 31st overall last season.
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