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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks: Eli Manning is a Top Three Quarterback

September 12th, 2013 at 9:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The big story heading into week two is that Eli Manning and Peyton Manning will go head-to-head for only the third time in their respective NFL careers. Accordingly, debate has opened up as to which of the two is a better quarterback, with each of their teammates taking the side of their signal caller. But when discussing the seven touchdowns Peyton threw in a Denver Broncos victory over the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz reminded everyone that Eli is also a big-time quarterback.

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"I think [Eli is] tops in the league. He’s definitely a top five, top ten quarterback in the league," Cruz said.

But before Cruz could finish his thought, fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who had overheard this conversation, chimed in and injected his own opinion on the matter.

"Top three," Nicks proclaimed for the next locker over.

Top three, indeed.

"Top three, Hakeem said it first," Cruz continued. "But he knows how to read coverages and he knows how to get the ball downfield, he can make any pass in tight coverages. I’m happy he’s on my team."

As usual, many experts, pundits and fans will disagree with that. Lucky for us, that adds fuel to the "Poor Eli Manning" fire and we will be re-introducing that weekly article later today. Aren't you excited? We knew you would be.


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11 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks: Eli Manning is a Top Three Quarterback”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Top 3, Top 5, Top 7….doesn’t matter. He can get his team to the Super Bowl and win it.

    But on Sunday his defense faces off with the Top 1. Eli’s a great quarterback. Perhaps the greatest late-game quarterback in history. But he’s the second-best quarterback on the field on Sunday and I wouldn’t concede that to anyone but his big brother.

  2.  Krow says:

    PFF … who I scorn, but everyone else loves … says Doghouse is the 2nd worst RB in the NFL.

  3.  Krow says:

    It’s also fun watching the Bucs melt down.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    hey. did we not have a poor eli this week?

  5.  JimStoll says:

    Wilson needs to carry the ball 15+ times for 100+ yards and no fumble sometime soon
    not sure he’ll get that opportunity this Sunday as we will likely be in a shootout
    but the following week against carolina might well be do or die for the season

  6.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    September 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    You know I think we made a mistake with IR’ing Brown over Diehl if the time tables were similar as reported. I said before we did IR’d Brown that I thought Diehl made more sense because it was more important to have Brown available ASAP then Diehl. I think now we are feeling that effect. If Brown could have returned in week 6 instead of week 8 that makes a difference while Diehl as a backup makes some difference but not a big one.

    Dirt says:
    September 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM
    What about keeping Brown on the active roster and cutting Diehl? The Calgary Stampeders wouldn’t even sign Diehl. He’d be sitting on his couch no doubt.

    demo3356 says:
    September 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM
    Goat- not sure why you keep pushing this, it is an awful idea. No way ou waste something as valuable as temp P and a backup like Deihl. Brown is much more important than Deihl to this offense. Brown also is recovering from the 2nd broken leg on the same leg in ten months it would be asinine to rush him back a week or two early. 8 weeks is a good time and the extra week for the bye week is gravy.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Demo look around the NFL and see how the temp IR is being used. The point isn’t to use it for a great player the point is to use for someone you know will be on your roster. Backup or starter Diehl will be on this roster. I never said anything about rushing Brown back. I said if the timeframe of 4-6 weeks we had was correct. Week 6 is 6 weeks recovery time. Why keep him out an extra 2 weeks when he would be ready to play but have a backup like Diehl available as soon as he’s ready? I think your logic is flawed. You don’t mind holding a roster spot for an important player so they can play as soon as possible.

      •  Levito says:

        Cutting Diehl is a terrible idea. The O line is bad enough, and thin already. Diehl’s not a very good player at this point in his career, but he’s necessary on t his roster.

        I do agree about Brown though, unless his injury really needed that long to heal. It’s a gamble, but what if JPPs back issues turned out to be a bigger problem? What if a more serious injury happened to a more important player? (I won’t name any for the sake of karma).

  7.  Levito says:

    Of course Nicks said he’s top three. Canty loved Eli too, until he signed with Baltimore and then said Flacco’s a better QB (HA!).

    Wonder what Nicks will say next season (or possibly the season after that) when he ends up signing with Carolina. Will he then claim Cam Newton’s a top 3 QB and better than Eli?

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