Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' Mara expects 'championship-level Eli' Manning in 2014


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is coming off arguably the worst season of his career, his 18 touchdowns was the lowest of the career in any season he started the whole season and the 27 interceptions he threw were a career high. Still the New York Giants are optimistic Eli Manning will return to championship form in the 2014 season.

“I don’t think he all of a sudden forgot how to play quarterback,” co-owner John Mara said Friday, via the New York Daily News. “We expect to see the championship-level Eli play for us this year.”

“We still believe he’s got a lot of years left in him,” Mara added. “And we’re not talking like Eli Manning only has one or two more years left.”

Manning is also coming off an ankle surgery, but he thinks he will be good to go for the start of training camp.

“I think I’m safe to say I’ll be 100 percent by the start of training camp,” Manning said, via Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. “I would hope so.”

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said during an interview on a radio station that this wasn’t the first surgery and Manning had bounced back fine before.

“He has bounced back from minor procedures in the past that nobody knew about,” Gilbride said via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

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