Justin Tuck offered very strong support of Eli Manning in the midst of his "shocking" season: "It's just a prime example of ‘When it rains it poors.'" Tuck said on Sunday. "And for him, he hasn’t been able to put it together this year. And that’s tough. I know he’s a guy that is here before the sun comes up and doesn’t leave until after it goes down. I know he’s put in the work. It just hasn’t really come to fruition for him this season.
"At the end of the game today I just went up to Eli and said ‘Listen bro, just keep your head up.’ … I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to bounce out of this and become the Eli of old heading into next year. I don’t necessarily worry about him because I see the work he’s put in. I see how he goes about it. You can’t keep a guy like E down for long. This season you scratch your head and wonder why. But I don’t believe you’ll see too much more of this."
But is that still the case you think? I mean, this year was worse than his rookie season(which we considered fairly successful). If you asked me in the beginning of the season who should make more, Nicks or Cruz...i would have said Nicks. now i dont think the same really, though i still REALLY like Nicks as a legit top 10 WR in my eyes.
Oderint Dum Metuant
I don't view it as a Nicks issue per se. You could put Megatron in this offense and he'd struggle. Nicks had a very tough year but show me a NY Giant offensive player who didn't.
I want to keep Nicks but I do not want to overpay to keep him. So, I know the reality is that someone else may overpay him and under those circumstances, we'll lose him.