Eli Manning’s future as a starting quarterback may be up in the air, but Giants decision-makers may want to peruse a new poll released this week.
Eighty-five defensive players from across the NFL gave their opinions to The Athletic on a wide variety of quarterback questions, but one in particular should be of interest to the Giants and their fans.
Asked who the most overrated quarterback in the league is, 10 percent of respondents named Manning, who finished second to only Kirk Cousins (13 percent).
This is not the first time the two-time Super Bowl MVP has been mentioned among the ranks of the overrated.
In October 2017, ESPN released a similar poll in which NFL defensemen ranked Manning the most overrated quarterback in the league.
It seems Manning has done little either to prove himself or silence his critics in the year-plus since that survey.
On the plus side, Manning was on a long list of quarterbacks receiving multiple votes, including Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan.
“Most quarterbacks are overrated,” an anonymous defenseman told The Athletic. “People think they’re great if they win, even if there are a lot of other factors.”
But that’s probably cold comfort to Giants brass in the search for the next franchise quarterback, if not the next Manning.