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Co-owner Steve Tisch still has faith in Giants’ Eli Manning

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning watched from

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning watched from the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of a Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 3, 2016. Credit: TNS / Carlos Gonzalez

Eli’s still got it, at least according to one of the men who pays him to be the most important player on the field for the Giants.

Team co-owner Steve Tisch, being honored at Friday night’s Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Gala in Manhattan, said he still believes in Eli Manning even though some have speculated that his recent slump is the beginning of a downslope for the 35-year-old.

“I don’t feel that Eli is getting older professionally,” Tisch said. “He’s getting older like we’re all getting older, but I don’t feel like it’s impacted his game, his ability, or his talent this season. I think he knows what his strengths are and he knows what he has to work on and there’s nobody more focused than Eli Manning.”

Manning has thrown just five touchdown passes in five games this season, his fewest since his rookie season. He looked remarkably uncomfortable on Sunday against the Packers when the Giants had their fewest offensive yards since the 2014 opener.

Manning has denied any physical issues with his play and shrugged off questions about his age this week. Tisch did too, though he conceded there may be something to it.

“He works hard, he stays focused,” Tisch said, “and I think he’s going to come out Sunday and be a younger Eli Manning.”


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