He’s always been Peyton’s little brother and Archie’s baby boy, so proving himself is something that Eli Manning is used to. He’s got more rings than Peyton, but Dan Marino doesn’t have any rings, so does that mean Eli is better than Marino? Not quite. Peyton has had back-to-back MVP caliber seasons while Eli has struggled.
Who led the league in interceptions thrown last season? Eli with 27 picks. You can’t place the blame anywhere else — he’s the quarterback, the leader, the hero and the goat. If Manning has another rough season like he did last year, the Giants might be looking for another QB, so Eli is definitely on the hot seat this season.
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Fifty million guaranteed. Fifty big ones. Only 49 games played in four years.
It’s not fair to call Sam Bradford a bust, but after this year we’ll have a good idea on what his future holds. He’s only played two full seasons, last year not being one of them when he tore his ACL in his seventh game.
Let’s face it — sometimes the team you’re drafted to can hurt your career. Who knows if anyone would know of Tom Brady had he been drafted by the Browns. Bradford was drafted by a suspect Rams organization. They now have structure and this is the third season with Jeff Fisher at the helm. To Bradford’s credit, he was having a very good season before he got hurt last year. The pieces are around him and this year has to be his year.
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Every time an NFL player steps on the field he’s got something to prove. Football is a man’s game. It’s organized machismo chaos. Football parallels life on so many levels. In both, you get knocked down and you get right back up. There’s always something to prove, because there’s no such thing as the perfect game and there’s always room to improve. Well, if you have a disappointing season, you’ve got a ton to prove and should have plenty of motivation as well. Check out the NFL players with the most to prove in 2014.
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