Manning finished the season with passable cosmetic stats -- 4,299 yards (7.5 YPA), 21 passing touchdowns and 11 interceptions -- but a look under the hood tells a different story. Manning took 47 sacks (10th in the NFL) and lost 358 yards (6th) while also fumbling seven times. In other words, he got nailed for huge losses like many scrambling quarterbacks do without making up for it with positive gains. His touchdown total on the 10th-most attempts (576) in the league was also disappointing, given the ample skill-position talent the Giants had on hand. Per OverTheCap.com, the Giants could save nearly $17 million in cap space if they cut him before June 1, but as of now, the team hasn't indicated whether it plans to bring Manning back for another season.
Manning completed 24 of 41 pass attempts for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys. He also lost a fumble. Manning completed just 59 percent of his attempts, but some big plays allowed him to top 300 passing yards for the fifth time this season. He connected with Evan Engram and Cody Latimer for touchdowns, upping his total to 21 on the season. Unfortunately, Manning also turned the ball over 15 times and failed to take full advantage of the wealth of options at the skill positions that the Giants boast. This ineptitude could force the team to move on from Manning during the offseason, whether it be in free agency or via the draft.
Coach Pat Shurmur called Manning the Giants' starting quarterback for Week 17 against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Consequently, Shurmur squashed speculation about whether 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta will earn a start in his first pro season. When asked whether Lauletta will see game action for the second time this season, Shurmur replied, "We'll see." Shurmur's decision is not a surprise, considering Manning is on the doorstep of 4,000 yards for the fourth time in five seasons and is posting his best yards per attempt (7.5) since 2011. On the other hand, the Giants are out of postseason contention, so it wouldn't surprise if Manning's backup makes an appearance Sunday, whether it be Lauletta or Alex Tanney.
Manning completed 25 of 33 passing attempts for 309 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts. He also rushed twice for no yards and another touchdown. Manning found Scott Simonson for a three-yard touchdown to help the Giants jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. While he wouldn't pass for another score, he would add one on the ground in the third, but in the end, it would not be enough for the victory. The 37-year-old may have played his final game for New York, as there's been speculation that he would be replaced by rookie Kyle Lauletta for the final week of the regular season at home against Dallas prior to being released in the offseason.
Manning will get the start Week 16 in Indianapolis, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Coach Pat Shurmur didn't wait long to kill any speculation about Kyle Lauletta getting the Week 16 start now that the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention. There is some chance the rookie could take snaps as a mid-game replacement, especially if Manning struggles early against a red-hot Colts defense. Shurmur didn't comment on the plan for Week 17.
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